As groups are having to readjust their schedule, the potential of an Alabama vs BYU opener could be very thrilling.
On July 9, the Large Ten introduced that its fall sports activities season would solely embrace inter-conference play, together with for faculty soccer. Only a day later, the Pac-12 introduced the identical plan.
Because of two main conferences eliminating non-conference video games, Unbiased groups, equivalent to BYU and Notre Dame, have had a big swath of their season taken away.
However as of now, the SEC, ACC, and Large 12 are all nonetheless planning on taking part in video games outdoors of their respective conferences. After all, this might be topic to vary when these leagues announce their plans, which is predicted within the subsequent week. This provides unbiased groups the chance to salvage some video games, in the intervening time, by scheduling faculties from these three conferences.
One of many video games which might be reportedly within the works is Alabama vs BYU, which might be the season openers for every crew.
Unbiased BYU wants to exchange misplaced video games on their schedule and Alabama wants to exchange the misplaced sport with USC.
When the Large Ten and the Pac-12 eradicated all non-conference video games, BYU misplaced seven video games out of its 12-game schedule.
Initially, the Cougars have been slated to tackle their arch-rival Utah Utes on the street of their season opener, however with Utah being a Pac-12 crew that sport is now not attainable.
The identical goes for the Crimson Tide who have been supposed to start the season with a matchup towards USC.
Now, in line with stories, there’s a “sturdy risk” the Cougars being the Week 1 opponent for Bama, however nonetheless hinges on the SEC conserving its non-conference schedule intact, in addition to a season occurring within the first place.
Whereas BYU actually could be an underdog vs. Alabama, there’s extra potential for an upset than the standard non-conference video games that the Tide play. The Cougars have gone 7-6 in 2018 and 2019, however have been in a position to upset some Energy 5 groups just lately, together with Wisconsin in 2018 and USC final yr. Plus, it could pit two of the most important fan bases towards one another and would ship large TV scores if the sport was on ABC or ESPN.
With the season in jeopardy and schedules in limbo, Alabama taking part in BYU could be a win for each packages and for faculty soccer followers.
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