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BYU – Coastal Carolina Is a Go

Coastal Carolina will now face BYU this Saturday after COVID-19 issues forced Liberty to pull out of the game, Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated reports.

This will be a fascinating game for the College Football Playoff rankings, as BYU has been dinged by the committee for its weak schedule. Though undefeated, BYU opened in the CFP rankings at No. 14 last week and advanced only one spot to No. 13 this week. BYU quarterback Zach Wilson is a first round NFL Draft prospect.

Coastal Carolina is ranked No. 18 in the CFP rankings, and the name of Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell comes up in rumors for every major job opening.

It’s pretty remarkable that a sport where games were scheduled upwards of a decade in advance now has a game finalized on two days’ notice. 2020 is wild.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. It is amazing to see the desire to play by the G5 schools and contrast that against the P5 (ACC) canceling games to secure a playoff spot. A perfect example of haves vs. have-nots. I hope the committee rewards the winner of this game with a healthy bump in the rankings and a solid path to a NY6 bowl.

  2. The committee shouldn’t reward either program, neither could withstand life in P5 conference.

    The college football playoff is about excellence, nothing else matters. If you want to screw it up, turn it in to college basketball that no one cares about until the last 2 weeks.

    BYU and Coastal are undefeated, but they are not excellent, plain and simple.

    • While I agree that they don’t deserve to be in the CFP, I can’t help but think they deserve a shot at a NY6 bowl.
      I also agree with you that I don’t want to see CFP turn into March Madness, because it has totally made the regular season worthless. The beauty of college football is that “almost” every game matters.

      • Kentucky basketball lost…….no one cares and it doesn’t matter. Your point is spot on.

        In terms of the NY6, I won’t argue much there. But I’d still make them pass the eyeball test and ding them for beating crappy teams all year. No charity cases.

  3. College football needs to get with the program and scrap bowl games and do what the lower divisions do, go to a 16 game playoff. Bowl games were so much fun to watch back in the 70’s and 80’s, but now, kids with a chance at the NFL don’t play in them anymore unless they’re team s in the Final 4 playoffs. By getting rid of the bowls and going to a 16 team playoff like every other division does would create more excitement and give more schools motivation knowing that, hey, if just given the chance, once in, anything can happen.

    • Tim – bowl games draw better TV ratings than college basketball games. I get we think they are stinker bowl games, but the fact is alumni attend, spend money in those cities, and people watch them on TV.

      No one is traveling to a playoff game besides the finals and those fantastic DIII playoff games do terribly on TV.

      The fact that kids opt out nowadays speaks to the change in kids, not the bowls. Let them sit, give next year’s players a chance to play. It’s all good.

      We have this conversation every year……how to fix the second richest, hotest, and most watched sport (NFL first). Step back….it ain’t broken, don’t try to fix it.

      • Yes the Cure Bowl in Orlando is such a must for the 3000 who attended. Attendance was inflated. George Southern brought about 1000 of those who drove to back from their home in the same day. It was such a money loser that Florida Hospital who was a sponsor pulled out. They put a lot money out hoping the return from ticket sales would off set the cost. It didn’t and Cost the city of Orlando over a million dollars to offset the cost in a one time gesture

      • I used to rail against the massive amount of bowl games, but then I wised up and realized damn near every bowl game is great TV. The teams are so well prepared and they almost always go the distance as highly competitive contests to the final whistle. Plus you get to see crazy matchups (like Coastal/BYU) that almost never happens.

        Long Live bowl season, the ones that canceled this year will be sorely missed.

  4. I support BYU and CC playing this game…but since this is 2020 and the year of the communist I bet the NCAA suspends both teams from any playoff contention for daring to play in the middle of a 99.9% survival rate pandemic.

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