the The Big Ten conference has announced its policy regarding the expiration of COVID-19 in 2021, with conference games not being postponed as they were a season ago if they cannot be played as planned. Instead of being postponed, the games would be considered lapsed by the team unable to play due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Big Ten released a statement on the new policy stating, “In collaboration and communication with the Sports Directors, Chancellors and Presidents of the Big Ten Conference, the Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Sports Medicine Committee, effective today the conference decided that if one of its member institutions is unable to play a conference competition due to COVID-19, that competition will be declared lapsed and will not be rescheduled. “
The conference started late last season and canceled the 2020 campaign before reversing that decision and playing a shortened schedule with built-in weeks for possible postponements. Several games were postponed and canceled, with some teams playing up to eight conference competitions while others, including the winner of the Big Ten Championship Game, Ohio State, only played five.
Help the Buckeyes
The league changed its original rule that a team had to have played at least six games in the previous season to qualify for the Conference Championship Game when the Buckeyes only had five games in Conference Play. This allowed the unbeaten Ohio State to play in the title game, which he won and moved into the College Football Playoffs.
In the state of Ohio, three games were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 cases. Had the new rule come into effect last season, Indiana would have been promoted to the championship game.
As for the odds for the conference title this season, the Buckeyes are a strong favorite for another win, according to BetUS Sportsbooks Big Ten Conference Odds. Ohio State has -230 odds on BetUS Sportsbook, followed by Wisconsin with +550 and Penn State with +800.
Also based on the BetUS sports betting NCAAF Championship odds, the Buckeyes are also among the favorites for the national title with odds of +600. Alabama leads the odds board with +250 while Clemson is next with +350. Georgia is +500, followed by Ohio State at +600 and Oklahoma at +700.
Notre Dame, Iowa State Top AP All-America Teams
The Associated Press announced their preseason All-American team on Monday, selecting three players each for Notre Dame and Iowa State. The Cyclones had running back Breece Hall, tight end Charlie Kolar and linebacker Mike Rose as picks, while the Irish were represented by defensive back Kyle Hamilton, offensive guard Cain Madden and running back Kyren Williams, who was selected as an all-purpose player.
The first team quarterback is Spencer Rattler of Oklahoma, with his teammate, linebacker Nik Bonitto, also being selected. North Carolina’s Sam Howell is the second team quarterback.
The defending champions Alabama had chosen two players for the team: linebacker Will Anderson Jr. and offensive tackle Evan Neal. Clemson is represented by wide receiver Justyn Ross and defensive lineman Bryan Bresee.
Other selected position players were first team running back Bijan Robinson of Texas, along with second team selections Mohamed Ibrahim of Minnesota and Isaiah Spiller of Texas A&M. The wide receivers of the first team are Chris Olave of Ohio State and Ross, while the second team includes Garrett Wilson of the Buckeyes and John Metchie III of Crimson Tide.
Rattler was installed as the favorite for winning the Heisman Trophy that season, with Alabama quarterback Bryce Young and Georgia signaler JT Daniels right behind him. The quarterbacks CJ Stroud and Howell from the US state Ohio are also part of the party.
Fiesta Bowl announces deal with Caesars
The Fiesta Bowl organization announced a multi-year contract with Caesars Entertainment on Monday, which brings together legal sports gambling in Arizona with one of the biggest bowl games in college football. It is the first partnership between a bowl game and a sports betting company.
Caesars will host fan lounges at the Fiesta Bowl, which will be played in Glendale, Arizona, and the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, which will be held in Phoenix. Sports betting is scheduled to be legalized in Arizona on September 9th.
“Five years ago that was probably a taboo or you didn’t even talk about it,” said Jose Moreno, Fiesta Bowl chief marketing officer. “But this is the evolution of the sport as a whole, and we look forward to it.”