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Shaken, not stirred

Football

It’s Week 11 of the college football season, and games are still being postponed left, right and center. That’s not deterring women’s basketball, though, with the release of the preseason top 25 rankings. Hoops season, we’ve been waiting for you.

November 13, 2020
SOURCE: TRACY GLANTZ/THE STATE
SOURCE: TRACY GLANTZ/THE STATE

The GIST: It’s Week 11 of the college football season, and games are still being postponed left, right and center. That’s not deterring women’s basketball, though, with the release of the preseason top 25 rankings. Hoops season, we’ve been waiting for you.

Can’t wait! But first, tell me more about the football postponements: Due to positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing protocols calling for players to self-isolate, four SEC games originally scheduled for Saturday have been postponed, including No. 1 Alabama vs. defending national champion LSU. Sheesh.

  • Despite having four of their six scheduled games postponed, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey says he’s “shaken, but not deterred” by the news...Greg might need a martini after dealing with the potential scheduling changes, though.
  • Teams not competing in the December 19th SEC championship could make up these postponed games on that date. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 impacted Big Ten game — No. 3 Ohio State vs. Maryland — was outright canceled and won’t be made up.

Does this impact the playoffs?: Aside from causing more headaches for the selection committee, these scheduling adjustments won’t disrupt playoff timing. All playoff decisions will still be made on December 20th, based on an uneven number of games played. Wild, but that’s 2020 for you.

And what’s happening in women’s basketball?: With tip-off less than two weeks away, the highly anticipated preseason top 25 rankings were finally released on Tuesday. South Carolina, led by Hall of Famer coach Dawn Staley, sits at the top, followed by Stanford and UConn.

  • But here’s the thing: UConn might be ranked No. 3 in the preseason poll, but yesterday they signed the No. 1 prospect, Azzi Fudd, who has already received high praise from NBA star Steph Curry. Looks like UConn head coach Geno Auriemma might see another spike in his followers!