Hey, we noticed you're in Canada but are currently viewing our US site. Would you like us to take you to the Canadian site, or do you want to stay on the US site?
Picking up what we're putting down? We thought you might be. Sign up for our free twice-weekly newsletter to get "the gist" of what's going on in the sports world in less than 5 minutes.
Skip to Content

Clemson Cream Georgia Tech

Football

Clemson registered a lopsided victory over Georgia Tech; Saban leads Alabama to win after recent positive COVID-19 test

October 20, 2020
SOURCE: UA ATHLETICS/COLLEGIATE IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: UA ATHLETICS/COLLEGIATE IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES

The GIST: Week seven of college football action featured some thrilling upsets, but two games truly left us in disbelief. One because of a super lopsided score, the other because of a coach’s startling, speedy return from a positive COVID-19 test. We’re still shook.

Let’s start with the lopsided score: No 1. Clemson has been one of the few teams to rely on throughout this upset-filled season. The undefeated Tigers continued their winning ways by scoring a whopping 73 (!!!) points in a no-doubter 73–7 win over Georgia Tech. Sheesh.

And what about the coach?: Amidst preparations for his Crimson Tide’s highly anticipated Saturday matchup against rival Georgia, Alabama head coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Everyone rightfully expected Saban to be quarantined for the game, but (somehow) Saban registered three negative tests in three days and coached Alabama to a dominant 41–24 victory.

How is that even possible?: Thanks to the SEC quietly changing their COVID-19 policies surrounding potential false positive tests, Saban’s three negatives enabled his return. Alabama doctors determined that Saban’s initial positive test was a false positive result and cleared the asymptomatic coach to return to the field.

  • With Saturday’s win, Alabama maintains their undefeated record and No. 2 spot in the top 25 rankings. And Saban’s super rare false positive test will simply be remembered as another dramatic turn in this wild college football season.