Today will determine if the 2020 Clemson football season will indeed kick off in two weeks against Wake Forest.
Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney gave his players a four day weekend. Everyone had a chance to get away from their bubble and see family and friends before they start the every week grind of a college football season.
And while in most years, no one would have given this a second thought, 2020 is much much different and the rules are a lot more restrictive. Upon coming back today, players and staff alike were going to get COVID tested to make sure they are all healthy and able to return to football.
This is where the unknown of 2020 kicks in.
ACC and SEC teams have been affected in recent weeks because of COVID.
Just last week, both Virginia Tech and NC State had to postpone their season openers due to a rash of positive tests. Matter of fact, NC State had to cancel practice because of an outbreak.
Auburn recently announced that they have 17 players currently in COVID protocol – seven because of actual positive tests and 10 who were in contact with those seven. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said that this all but wiped-out two position groups.
A positive test at this point sidelines a player for 17 days. They have a mandatory 10-day quarantine followed by a seven day acclimation period. Any player that tests positive for Clemson now, would not be available until week two against the Citadel.
Wake Forest is chomping at the bit to open the season against Clemson and will undoubtedly be ready for the Tigers. While they have lost several big pieces from 2019, unlike last season, the Deacs are more than likely going to come in at full strength and Clemson is going to need all hands on deck for a Wake Forest team that will be among the best teams defensively in the nation.
Hopefully, Clemson football players were able to enjoy their off days and came back refreshed and more importantly healthy and ready to take on Wake Forest.