For years, we’ve counted down the days until Penn State’s first game of the season together. We feared this year might be different as the uncertainty lingers and the world has been thrown into chaos during the COVID-19 pandemic. But, as we approach the 100 days mark of Penn State’s first scheduled game of the season against Kent State on September 5th, it seems clear that those behind the scenes are doing everything in their power to make sure college football will be played this Fall.
A big step forward was taken last week, as Kent State announced plans to return to in-person classes and open up the residence halls this summer, signaling that their football program should be ready for the trip to Beaver Stadium on Week One.
Despite the progress being made however, we still don’t know what the 2020 college football season will look like. There has been endless speculation about how the season will come together — everything from the non-conference schedule being eliminated, to teams and conferences starting at different times, and even the entire season being moved to next Spring.
Even if the schedule plays out as planned, there is still much to figure out: Will games be played in front of empty stands? If not, how many, and who will get to attend? Will tailgate lots be closed? What precautionary measures will need to take place for players and fans?
There is so much to sort out in the next few months, but for now, it’s time to keep positive as we count down the days until the Nittany Lions are scheduled to take the field. Whether we watch with 110,000 other fans or by ourselves at home, one thing is for sure — both the BSD and larger Penn State community will be brought together as we cheer on our boys in the blue and white. Somehow, someway, it should happen again in 2020.