(8-10-20) COVID 19 and 2020 will be longed remembered for what it took away from all of us. MAC football fans found out today the revised pandemic football schedules. It has several notable ‘hiccups’.
The Regular Season
With the pandemic formula allowing for just six regular season games, there is no non-conference games on the schedule, those week 1 and week 2 games have been replaced with week 7 and week 8 scheduled MAC games. In 2020 each MAC school will play 6 conference games (usually play 8 MAC games), 3 home and 3 away.
Week 7 all 10 MAC members will play in the first round of the playoffs, winners will advance to Week 8. If a MAC school loses in the first round they most likely will play a TBA opponent, lots of options of who and how they will find opponents after being eliminated.
Will a MAC Champion be crowned this season? No word in today’s press release on what was decided on that issue today.
The biggest hiccup is one of the biggest rival game match-ups in the MAC will not be played during the regular season. The ’50/50 Bowl’ between Coldwater and Marion Local. This game draws one of the largest 50/50 drawings in the state…but not this season.
Ft. Recovery and St. Henry will play four games against Mercer County rivals, while Coldwater, Marion Local and Parkway will only play two county rivals.
Joe Eitel and Samuel Houseworth, the Ohio Computer Gurus, will not have to worry about figuring points out every week to see who qualifies for the playoffs in 2020. It will be the first time in the history of the OHSAA football playoffs that everyone qualifies for the playoffs regardless of who you played and your final record. 1972 was the first time the OHSAA held playoffs, but that was using computer points to determine who moved forward and every year since that time.
Add the fact that an entire new playoff process will be incorporated…this will be a developing story on how match-ups in the first round will work.
2020 will indeed be a unique season that will be long remembered.
Now it is up to Governor DeWine and the Departemtn of Health to give the ‘green light’ to move forward with this proposal.