9/3/2020 3:28:00 PM College Football Season About To Begin ...but some teams won't be playing this Fall
NC State is planning to have cardboard cutouts in the stands for its opener against Wake Forest. The game will be televised on the ACC Network. Purchase a cutout and you may see 'yourself' on TV.
(Photo Courtesy of NCSU Athletics)
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
High school football has been put on hold until February by the NCHSAA; some college conferences have decided not to risk the pandemic and have said they won't play this year, but some schools are going ahead with games that will begin next week.
The UNC Tarheels will get their season started next week when they host ACC rival Syracuse Saturday, Sept. 12th at noon. Fans won't be allowed to attend, so you'll have to watch it on the ACC Network.
The following Saturday, Sept. 19th, UNC-Charlotte will travel to Chapel Hill for a 3:30 PM game, also on the ACC Regional Sports Network.
The 49ers will open Applachian State's 2020 season in a noon game at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on Saturday Sept. 12th. As of Tuesday (9/2) ASU had not made any announcement that fans would not be allowed to attend. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
The ACC season actually begins next Thursday (Sept. 10th) when Miami (Florida) hosts UAB in an 8 PM game on the ACC Network.
In addition to the Syracuse @ UNC game on the 12th, other games scheduled are:
Georgia Tech @ Florida State, 3:30 on ABC Austin Peay @ Pitt, 4 PM on ACC Network Clemson @ Wake Forest, 7:30 PM on ABC Western Kentucky @ Louisville, 8 PM on ACC Network
NC State isn't scheduled to start its season until the following Saturday (Sept. 19th) when the Wolfpack hosts Wake Forest at 8 PM. NC State's game at Virginia Tech, which had been scheduled for Sept. 12th, will now be played on Sept. 26th.
While fans won't be allowed in Carter-Finley Stadium for NC State's home football opener, the Wolfpack plans to fill the seats with cardboard cutouts of the people who would otherwise be sitting in them.
Fans will have the option of having their likeness placed in either one of the end zones or in the first few rows of seats along the east sideline to give the appearance of a crowd for the television cameras. How much it will cost to have your cutout among them depends on the package you choose and the location of your cutout.
A premium package for $99 comes with the option of receiving your cutout -- signed by coach Dave Doeren -- at the end of the season. The standard package is $79. Proceeds from sales will go directly to the Wolfpack athletic department to help offset revenue losses caused by the pandemic. The deadline for purchasing a cutout for the season opener is Sunday Sept. 6th. Orders will continue to be taken after that for other games until the fans are actually allowed to attend. NC State's second home game is against Duke on Oct. 17th.
It's going to be a different kind of Fall, but then, this whole year has been different. In previous years, we've posted scores of high school football games in progress on Friday nights and provided complete information on all area scores by around 11 PM, so you didn't have to wait on a Saturday (or Sunday, or Monday) newspaper to find out how your team did. This Fall, the high school games won't be played. The season isn't scheduled to start until February. Because of the pandemic, many events--including most sports--have either been cancelled or postponed.
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