UConn Football becomes first FBS program to cancel 2020 season; UNC and UVA were on schedule

UConn football made waves early Wednesday morning when the university announced its decision to cancel its 2020 season due to concerns with COVID-19.

This makes UConn the first top-level college football program to decide not to play football in 2020.

After leaving the AAC, UConn football was set to run as an independent program this fall; the Huskies were initially scheduled to play two ACC programs, too. North Carolina was set to host UConn for a late non-conference game (Nov. 7). Virginia, on the other hand, was scheduled to play UConn in Charlottesville on Sept. 19.

Those two games with UNC and Virginia were already in jeopardy, if not highly unlikely to happen given the ACC’s scheduling model and structure for non-conference games in 2020. ACC programs can schedule one non-conference matchup for the 2020 season; however, the game must take place in the home state of the ACC team, and the visiting program must comply with the ACC’s medical protocol requirements.