Most Impactful Reschedules from the 2020 College Football Season

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2020

Most Impactful Reschedules from the 2020 College Football Season

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    Vasha Hunt/Associated Press

    Over the weekend, it was announced that the game between Alabama and LSU that had been postponed on Nov. 14 was finally rescheduled and the two teams will be facing off next weekend from Baton Rouge.

    In an unpredictable year filled with cancellations, it was perhaps the highest profile matchup to be altered, but it was far from the only game with national significance that could not be played at its originally scheduled date.

    Ahead, we've taken a closer look at the five most impactful rescheduled games still to be played during the 2020 season, along with a full rundown of all of the remaining reschedules and notable cancellations for AP Top 25 teams.

    Is the Alabama vs. LSU game the most impactful reschedule we have to look forward to in the weeks to come?

    Let's find out.

Not Yet Rescheduled Games for AP Top 25 Teams

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    Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins
    Tulsa linebacker Zaven CollinsMark LoMoglio/Associated Press

    These games have not yet been canceled, and they have not yet been rescheduled. The true embodiment of the uncertainty hanging over the entire 2020 college football season.

    • Marshall at East Carolina (Sept. 12)
    • BYU at Army (Sept. 19)
    • Tulsa at Arkansas State (Sept. 26)
    • Missouri at Georgia (Nov. 14)
    • Clemson at Florida State (Nov. 21)
    • Ole Miss at Texas A&M (Nov. 21)
    • Miami at Wake Forest (Nov. 28)
    • Tulsa at Houston (Nov. 28)
    • Alabama at Arkansas (Dec. 5)
    • Miami at Wake Forest (Dec. 5)

Other Rescheduled or Canceled Games for AP Top 25 Teams

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    Justin Fields and Ohio State can't afford to have another game canceled.
    Justin Fields and Ohio State can't afford to have another game canceled.Associated Press

    These games did not quite crack our list, but they could have an impact on the College Football Playoff or other major bowl games.

         

    Rescheduled

    • Louisiana at Appalachian State (Oct. 3 --> Dec. 4)
    • Rice at Marshall (Oct. 3 --> Dec. 5)
    • Oklahoma State at Baylor (Oct. 17 --> Dec. 12)
    • Marshall at FIU (Oct. 30 --> Dec. 11)
    • Tulsa at Navy (Nov. 7 --> Dec. 5)
    • Texas A&M at Tennessee (Nov. 14 --> Dec. 12)
    • Coastal Carolina at Troy (Nov. 14 --> Dec. 12)
    • Georgia Tech at Miami (Nov. 21 --> Dec. 19)
    • Oklahoma at West Virginia (Nov. 28 --> Dec. 12)

          

    Canceled

    • Washington at California (Nov. 7)
    • Ohio State at Maryland (Nov. 14)
    • Charlotte at Marshall (Nov. 21)
    • Central Arkansas at Louisiana (Nov. 21)
    • Washington at Washington State (Nov. 27)
    • Ohio State at Illinois (Nov. 28)
    • Cincinnati at Temple (Nov. 28)
    • Colorado at USC (Nov. 28)

Honorable Mention: Wisconsin's Lost Season

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    Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz
    Wisconsin quarterback Graham MertzNam Y. Huh/Associated Press

    We would be remiss not to mention the Wisconsin Badgers in this article.

    With games against Nebraska (Oct. 31), Purdue (Nov. 7) and Minnesota (Nov. 28) all canceled, the Badgers are no longer eligible for the Big Ten title with just five games remaining on their schedule.

    That would be of far greater consequence had they not lost to Northwestern on Nov. 21, effectively knocking them out of the playoff conversation, but it's a shocking turn of events nonetheless.

    Freshman quarterback Graham Mertz has provided plenty of reason for optimism going forward, and they still have a chance to make a statement against a good Indiana team on Dec. 5, which could propel them to a marquee bowl game.

    Still, this season has not played out as the Badgers had hoped, with much of their time spent watching from the sidelines.

5. Texas A&M at Tennessee

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    Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press

    Original Date: Nov. 14

    New Date: Dec. 12

    Tennessee has lost five games in a row since starting the year 2-0 and climbing as high as No. 14 in the AP poll, and they have been outscored a staggering 180-75 during that stretch.

    In other words, this one should be a walk in the park for Texas A&M.

    However, the fact that the Aggies have zero margin for error if they want to sneak into the College Football Playoff, makes this game of obvious significance in what will be their regular-season finale.

    The Vols have done a decent job against the run this year, allowing 3.9 yards per carry (tied for 39th in FBS), so Kellen Mond can't afford to have an off day in the passing game.

    The Aggies will be multiple-touchdown favorites in this one, but they still need to take care of business on the road in the SEC.

4. LSU at Florida

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    Kyle Trask
    Kyle TraskJohn Raoux/Associated Press

    Original Date: Oct. 17

    New Date: Dec. 12

    This season has not gone as hoped for a 3-4 LSU team that began the year ranked inside the Top 10, and they were overmatched 20-7 on Saturday by a superior Texas A&M team.

    However, the Tigers have proved dangerous with convincing wins over South Carolina (52-24) and a good Arkansas team on the road (27-24), so they can't be taken lightly by a one-loss Florida team whose CFP hopes are still alive.

    The LSU secondary ranks 120th in the nation with 302.9 passing yards allowed per game, and that is going to be a recipe for disaster against Kyle Trask and the high-powered Gators offense.

    Trask has 2,810 yards and 34 touchdowns through the air in eight games and has thrown for at least 250 yards and three touchdowns every time out this year.

    The Tigers will be coming off another rescheduled game against Alabama the previous week, putting them in a prime position to play spoiler if they can play up to their potential.

3. Cincinnati at Tulsa

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    Desmond Ridder
    Desmond RidderJohn Raoux/Associated Press

    Original Date: Oct. 17

    New Date: Dec. 12

    Cincinnati has survived tough tests against then-No. 22 Army, then-No. 16 SMU, a good Memphis team at home and a very good UCF team on the road to start the season 9-0 and emerge as the cream of the Group of Five crop.

    However, one major hurdle remains in their quest for an undefeated regular season.

    Their Oct. 17 matchup with Tulsa didn't look like much when it was originally postponed. The Golden Hurricanes were 1-1 and fresh off an upset of UCF, but they were still unranked and well out of the national picture.

    With four more victories, including another upset of ranked SMU on Nov. 14, they are now No. 22 in the AP Poll and looking to spoil things for the Bearcats.

    Tulsa's last three games were won by a combined 14 points, so they're used to playing close games. While they lack the offensive firepower to come from behind against a terrific Cincinnati defense, their own defensive unit is good enough to keep things close.

    If Cincinnati wants to be part of the playoff conversation, they're going to have to earn it.

2. Notre Dame at Wake Forest

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    Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book
    Notre Dame quarterback Ian BookMichael Dwyer/Associated Press

    Original Date: Sept. 26

    New Date: Dec. 12

    Undefeated Notre Dame already survived the toughest game on its schedule when the Fighting Irish squeaked out a 47-40 victory in double overtime against a Clemson team that was without quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

    Wake Forest doesn't present the same challenge that the Tigers did, or even one on par with what the Irish faced in North Carolina this past weekend, but they're not a pushover.

    The Demon Deacons had a 53-point outburst against North Carolina on Nov. 14, which is the last time they were able to take the field, and it took 28 fourth-quarter points from the Tar Heels for them to avoid an upset.

    Quarterback Sam Hartman threw for 429 yards and four touchdowns in that game, while running back Christian Beal had 120 rushing yards on just 17 carries, so they are capable of making noise offensively.

    Then again, the Tar Heels defense and the Notre Dame defense are in vastly different categories.

1. Alabama at LSU

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    Vasha Hunt/Associated Press

    Original Date: Nov. 14

    New Date: Dec. 5

    Alabama was originally scheduled to play Arkansas on Dec. 5, but a COVID-19 outbreak on the Arkansas side led to that game being pushed and the previously postponed game against LSU scheduled in its place.

    Last year, this was a matchup of undefeated teams when No. 1 LSU squeaked out a 46-41 victory over No. 2 Alabama to improve to 9-0 on the year.

    Things are decidedly more lopsided on paper this time around after LSU experienced a mass exodus of talent in the NFL draft, led by Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow.

    Still, never say never.

    Even with a loss, Alabama would still have a spot in the SEC Championship Game thanks to an earlier victory over Texas A&M, and a one-loss Crimson Tide squad is probably still a lock for a playoff berth.

    However, it would be enough to bump them out of the No. 1 seed and potentially set up a more difficult opening matchup, shaking up the playoff in the process.

        

    All scheduling information courtesy of CBSSports, while stats come via Sports Reference.