By Marc Lawrence — On Tuesday, Nov. 24, two days before Thanksgiving, the NCAA Playoff committee will reveal its first Top 25 of the season. Normally, these would be intensely followed and people would draw quick conclusions. If anything, that’s even more the case this year. For one, we just don’t know how much quantity matters. Wisconsin, Oregon and USC are all in the AP poll but would be only 3-0 after this week. Where would they rank in the committee’s Top 25 compared with one-loss teams that have played more games, teams such as Miami, Oklahoma State (if it beats Oklahoma), or even Florida and Texas A&M? If Wisconsin routs Northwestern this week that would make the Badgers 3-0 with three convincing wins. But that’s still only three games. Throw in an undefeated team like Cincinnati, which would be 8-0 — that’s five more games than someone like Wisconsin or Oregon — and you’ll be hearing a lot of debate. But unlike the AP Poll, the CFP doesn’t have preseason rankings. So they may not be as inclined to think about preseason expectations. But we’re in the great unknown until Tuesday … To read more on today’s college football guide to Week 12 click here.
Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech will be outfitted with face coverings on the field as well as on the sideline Saturday, in accordance with Pennsylvania’s new coronavirus safety guidelines. The Panthers and Hokies would be the first two college teams to wear face coverings in game. The new order earlier this week. It states: “Coaches, athletes, and spectators must wear face coverings while actively engaged in workouts and competition as well as when on the sidelines, in the dugout etc. unless they meet an exception in the Face Covering Order Section 3 which provides an exception that allows an individual to remove their mask if wearing a face covering would either cause a medical condition or exacerbate an existing one, including respiratory issue. Penn State will host Iowa today and for what its worth the Nittany Lions said they believe they fall under an exception. That in itself is a joke. More to follow.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: Yikes. Utah will host USC in its season opener today knowing that since 1990 home teams in Game One of the season are 8-0 SUATS when facing foes playing their third game of the campaign. In addition the Utes are 14-1 SU in home openers and 13-2 SU in season openers under head coach Kyle Whittingham. I thought “Ute” like to know.