To everyone of my followers, thank you. The past few years making blog posts in this “regime” has been awesome and I thank you for all of the support I’ve been given. As a reminder, the post about changes coming to the blog will be on Saturday August 15 at 2 PM CT. Again, I thank everyone for your support each and every day.
After the Big Ten announced it was going conference-only this fall, the conference edited the schedule just a bit. Here are the top five Big Ten games in the conference’s new schedule release:
5.Penn State at. Michigan (September 19)
Penn State goes into the Big House early in conference play. This game should be all Nittany Lions with all of the talent Michigan loses, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
4.Wisconsin at. Iowa (November 14)
If Wisconsin had this as a home game, I would easily give it to them. But playing the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium is a different job.
3.Minnesota at. Wisconsin (September 26)
Like the Michigan-Ohio State game, this one was moved from Thanksgiving weekend. With star Minnesota receiver Rashod Bateman forgoing this season due to COVID-19, I expect this game to be all Wisconsin.
2.Michigan at. Ohio State (October 24)
Despite this game being moved from the Saturday after Thanksgiving to October 24, there is no love lost between these two. Should be a fun one.
1.Ohio State at. Penn State (November 7)
This game will determine who will likely will represent the Big Ten in the College Football Playoff. These are the two most talented teams in the Big Ten and I can’t wait to see this game.
All American Center Luka Garza will return for his final year of eligibility at Iowa. Garza makes Iowa a frontrunner in the Big Ten title race and a national championship contender next March. The big man was a double-double machine for the Hawkeyes, as Garza averaged 23.9 PPG, and 10.8 RPG.
Baylor Guard Jared Butler announced his intentions to stay at Baylor. Butler averaged 16 PPG, 3 RPG, and 3 APG last season in Waco.
Arizona State Guard Remy Martin will return to school for his senior year, the school announced Sunday evening. Martin’s return solidifies a team that many think can compete for a Pac-12 championship in 2020-2021. Martin averaged 19.1 PPG, and 4.1 APG in his junior season.
Michigan State Forward Xavier Tillman is keeping his name in the 2020 NBA Draft. The Big Ten second team big man averaged 13.7 PPG and 10.3 RPG last season. Michigan State Guard Aaron Henry will return to school, though.
Virginia forward Jay Huff has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to Charlottesville for his senior year. Huff was an excellent defensive piece in the Cavalier’s system who averaged 8.5 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 2 BPG.
The posts next Monday, Wednesday, and Friday will be final three posts before I make changes to the blog before my freshman year which begins Wednesday August 19. The post announcing the changes will be made Saturday August 15 at 2 PM CT, and a post schedule for the entire school year a day later on Sunday August 16 at 2 PM CT. The week of August 10-14 I will take a break to make finalizations to my new blog regime and to get ready for the school year. But if you want a preview of next Friday’s post here you go:
What if there was a Friday Night Lights Season 6?
In Dillon, change is minimal. But without Coach Taylor and his wife Tami, it seems like Dillon’s world was flipped upside down. Vince Howard is praised as Dillon’s top prospect since “Smash” Williams and best QB recruit since Jason Street. The Dillon boosters name Mac as the new head coach of the newly formed “super team” and he announces it will be his final season of coaching. Coach Taylor adjusts to life coaching high school football in Pennsylvania and Tami tries to get into the inner circle of faulty at Braemore College. Also in this season Matt and Julie make plans for their wedding, Tim and Matt buy tickets to watch Smash play at Texas A&M, Buddy Garrity is given the “chair at the head of the table” again and is named Dillon’s lead booster, and Tim and Tyra grow even closer. In depth looks at Dillon and East Dillon alumni make up a big part of this season as fans take a glance at life after high school and Dillon. At the end of the season, Vince Howard is tasked with making the biggest decision of his life, picking a college. Every college under the sun has offered a scholarship to the QB, but it feels like it is only making the decision harder. In the Panther’s first season without Coach Taylor, ups and downs are what characterize the season. That and more in the final season of Friday Night Lights.
With the NBA restarting tomorrow, I decided to give an up to date timeline on the return to play not just this season but for the 2020-2021 season too.
(Everything from June 23-July 29 has already happened).
Transaction window opens
Soft deadline for players to choose whether to play or not in the bubble
Transaction window closes
Mandatory individual workouts begin
Hard deadline for players to decide not to play at Disney
Nets, Nuggets, Magic, Suns, Jazz and Wizards travel to Orlando
Celtics, Mavericks, Clippers, Grizzlies, Heat, Pelicans, Thunder and Kings travel to Orlando
Rockets, Pacers, Lakers, Bucks, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Spurs and Raptors travel to Orlando
Team training camps
NBA award voting (awards announced during playoffs)
NBA Restart begins
NBA Playoffs begin
2020 NBA Draft Lottery
Player guests arrive in Orlando
Round 2 of the 2020 NBA Playoffs begin
Beginning of 2020 Conference Finals
Beginning of 2020 NBA Finals
Game 7 of the NBA Finals (if necessary)
2020 NBA Draft
Beginning of 2020 NBA Free Agency
Training camps for 2020-21 season begin
Opening night for 2020-21 season
According to a report on ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans expect Forward Zion Williamson to be back at practice come Wednesday, the day before the NBA officially begins its restart. Williamson returned to Orlando on Friday after leaving to tend to a family matter that the NBA is calling a “family emergency”. In the article, ESPN also said that Williamson was tested for COVID-19 everyday and tested negatively every time. This means that the NBA only needs him to quarantine for four more days, which would need to include four more negative COVID-19 tests.
The NBA has placed LA Clippers Guard Lou Williams on a 10 day quarantine after the veteran was investigated by the league for what he did while he was on an excused absence from the bubble. On Friday Williams was photographed by the rapper Jack Harlow at an Atlanta strip club. Williams’ 10 day quarantine will keep him out of the Clippers’ first two games, versus the Lakers and on July 30 and the Pelicans on August 1.
Brooklyn Nets Guard Kyrie Irving is committing $1.5 million to WNBA players sitting out the rest of the season, whatever is keeping them from playing. Irving is sitting out the NBA season himself.
Here is how Texas-Texas A&M can return to college football. Back playing on Thanksgiving. Every college football fan misses this game and it’s obvious. I’m going to make this a series, so tell me what rivalry to do next that needs to come back.
Changes that need to be made:For Texas and Texas A&M’s schedules, all that has to be changed is that Texas’ final conference game has to be replace to the final non-conference game in September, then they can play each other. This would be an easy transition as many SEC schools play a non conference game during Thanksgiving weekend versus an ACC school.
What Texas and Texas A&M’s schedule would look like in 2020 with the changes:
Texas (BYE 9/26)
9/5 South Florida
9/19 at.Oklahoma State
10/3 at.Kansas State
10/10 vs.Oklahoma (Dallas,TX)
10/17 West Virginia
10/24 at.Texas Tech
11/21 Iowa State
11/28 Texas A&M
Texas A&M (BYE 10/31)
9/5 Abilene Christian
9/12 North Texas
9/26 vs.Arkansas (Arlington,TX)
10/3 at.Mississippi State
10/10 Fresno State
10/24 at.South Carolina
11/7 Ole Miss
Gonzaga center Filip Petrusev is leaving Spokane and will sign a deal with Serbian club Mega Bemax. For now, Petrusev does not plan on withdrawing from the NBA Draft, he has until October 6 to do so. Petrusev’s reason for moving on from Gonzaga is “There’s a lot of uncertainty with the NCAA season” said Petrusev in an ESPN story . Petrusev won the West Coast Conference Player of the Year averaging 17.5 points and almost 8 rebounds a game in 2019-2020.
2021 ESPN 100 SF Kendall Brown committed to Baylor on Monday. Brown chose the Bears over Marquette and Ohio State per ESPN. Brown’s commitment is Scott Drew’s third of July for the bears. Brown follows ESPN 100 talent Langston Love and European talent Jeremy Sochan.
Arizona State guard Alonzo Verge Jr. is coming back Tempe for his senior season. Verge Jr. originally declared for the 2020 NBA Draft in April. According to ESPN, Verge Jr. transferred in from Moberly Area Community College in Missouri before the 2019-2020 campaign. Verge averaged 14.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists for the Sun Devils in 2019-2020.
Michigan forward Isaiah Livers says he is taking his name from out of the 2020-2021 NBA draft and will return to Ann Arbor for his final season of play. The talented forward averaged almost 13 points and 4 rebounds per game last season for the wolverines. ESPN says Michigan will be a borderline top 25 team with Livers back in the mix for the 2020-2021 season.
Due to Notre Dame’s independency in college football and the COVID-19 outbreak, the Irish have some questions for their schedule for 2020. With the Big Ten and Pac-12 going with conference only schedules for the 2020 season, Notre Dame loses not just two opponents on the schedule but two rivals that they play annually, Stanford and USC as well as Big Ten foe Wisconsin.
Notre Dame plays in the ACC in every sport except for football and hockey. ACC Commissioner John Swofford said if the all Power 5 conferences went to conference only slates this season, he and the ACC would help Notre Dame fill out their schedule. Notre Dame could join the ACC in football this season. But the questions are there. Would wins and losses count in the conference column for Notre Dame? Would Notre Dame be eligible for a conference title game if they are played (COVID-19 may keep us from having them). I can answer the first question. I expect, if Notre Dame were to “join” the ACC in football this season, those games would count towards their conference record. But for the second one, time will tell. It might be some work but John Swofford and the ACC could work Notre Dame into the schedule, even if the league would have an odd 15 teams in 2020. Plus, the ACC would be getting leverage in trying to make the Irish stay in the ACC in football for good.
But then, there’s the other option, does Notre Dame keep the six ACC games (There still set to play Navy interconference but the ACC squads they play are Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Duke, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Louisville) they have scheduled and then fill the rest of the games with independents. ACC Commissioner John Swofford only said he would help Notre Dame out, which could lead to either of these scenarios. Notre Dame could fill their four open slots with independents Army, BYU, Connecticut, Liberty, Massachusetts, and New Mexico State.
Thus, if the ACC doesn’t help Notre Dame out, they could be in a tough place with just a six game schedule. Tell me in the comments which you think will be best for the Irish and which one you think will most likely happen.
1.Kelel Ware, Class of 2022(Not Committed) North Little Rock HS, NLR, AR
2.Nick Smith Jr, Class of 2022(Not Committed) Sylvan Hills HS, Sherwood, AR
3.Joseph Pinion, Class of 2022,(Not Committed) Morrilton HS, Morrilton, AR
4. Jakari Livingston, Class of 2021(Not Committed), Mills HS, Little Rock, AR
5.Bryson Warren, Class of 2023(Not Committed), Was at NLR but recently transferred to LR Central, Little Rock, AR
Due to the Big Ten and Pac-12 officially moving forward with a conference only schedule and the ACC moving towards that, I have decided that until we get official schedules for all Power 5 teams and conferences, I will hit the “pause button” on these. Thus, my annual conference by conference previews will be delayed and the timetable for those to be released in to be determined. I will be moving forward with a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule starting Monday July 20 until we get official word on Power 5 college football. I will take this week to both take a much needed break and work on blog posts for the next few weeks. If you missed any cbhsports 2020-2021 College Football Schedule Predictions check them out by conference here:
NOTE:This post was written and scheduled before it was announced that the ACC and Big Ten were moving to a conference only schedule this fall.
Week Opponent Predicted Record (W/L)
1 Syracuse Loss 0-1 (0-1) ACC
2 Ohio Win 1-1 (0-1) ACC
3 at.Kansas Loss 1-2 (0-1) ACC
4 Purdue Loss 1-3 (0-1) ACC
5 Clemson Loss 1-4 (0-2) ACC
6 Louisville Loss 1-5 (0-3) ACC
7 Bye None 1-6 (0-4) ACC
8 at.Virginia Tech Loss 1-7 (0-5) ACC
9 Holy Cross Win 2-7 (0-5) ACC
10 at.NC State Loss 2-8 (0-6) ACC
11 at.Florida State Loss 2-9 (0-7) ACC
12 North Carolina Loss 2-10 (0-8) ACC
13 at.Wake Forest Loss 2-11 (0-9) ACC
Tomorrow’s Post:cbhsports 2020-2021 College Football Schedule Predictions 61:Boston College
Week Opponent Predicted Record (W/L)
1 at.Wisconsin Loss 0-1 (0-1) Big Ten
2 Western Kentucky Win 1-1 (0-1) Big Ten
3 Ball State Win 2-1 (0-1) Big Ten
4 at.Connecticut Win 3-1 (0-1) Big Ten
5 Bye None 3-1 (0-1) Big Ten
6 Maryland Loss 3-2 (0-2) Big Ten
7 Michigan State Loss 3-3 (0-3) Big Ten
8 at.Rutgers Win 4-3 (1-3) Big Ten
9 Penn State Loss 4-4 (1-4) Big Ten
10 at.Ohio State Loss 4-5 (1-5) Big Ten
11 Illinois Win 5-5 (2-5) Big Ten
12 at.Michigan Loss 5-6 (2-6) Big Ten
13 Purdue Win 6-6 (3-6) Big Ten
Tomorrow’s Post:cbhsports 2020-2021 College Football Schedule Predictions 60:Indiana
Week Opponent Predicted Record (W/L)
1 BYU Win 1-0 (0-0) Pac-12
2 Montana State Win 2-0 (0-0) Pac-12
3 at.Wyoming Win 3-0 (0-0) Pac-12
4 at.California Win 4-0 (1-0) Pac-12
5 USC Win 5-0 (2-0) Pac-12
6 at.Washington State Win 6-0 (3-0) Pac-12
7 Washington Loss 6-1 (3-1) Pac-12
8 Bye None 6-1 (3-1) Pac-12
9 at.UCLA Win 7-1 (4-1) Pac-12
10 Arizona Win 8-1 (5-1) Pac-12
11 Oregon State Win 9-1 (6-1) Pac-12
12 at.Arizona State Loss 9-2 (6-2) Pac-12
13 at.Colorado Win (10-2) (7-2) Pac-12
Tomorrow’s Post:cbhsports 2020-2021 College Football Schedule Predictions 59:Utah
Week Opponent Predicted Record (W/L)
1 Illinois State Win 1-0 (0-0) Big Ten
2 Connecticut Win 2-0 (0-0) Big Ten
3 Bowling Green Win 3-0 (0-0) Big Ten
4 Bye None 3-0 (0-0) Big Ten
5 at.Rutgers Win 4-0 (1-0) Big Ten
6 at.Nebraska Loss 4-1 (1-1) Big Ten
7 Purdue Loss 4-2 (1-2) Big Ten
8 Minnesota Loss 4-3 (1-3) Big Ten
9 at.Wisconsin Loss 4-4 (1-4) Big Ten
10 Iowa Loss 4-5 (1-5) Big Ten
11 at.Indiana Loss 4-6 (1-6) Big Ten
12 Ohio State Loss 4-7 (1-7) Big Ten
13 at.Northwestern Loss 4-8 (1-8) Big Ten