Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell just left the door open to scheduling a game against BYU *this season*

November 18, 2020

Michael Hickey

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but college football has sucked this year. Every single Saturday, half the games get cancelled. Everybody has either been sick or isabout to get sick. The PAC-12 just started, the SEC is almost over, and despite the carnage in places like Ann Arbor, Baton Rouge, and Happy Valley, the season is still playing out like an abridged version of the same tired script: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame all vying for a place in College Football Playoff, which, as you might have heard, may or may not even be happening. Wake us up when December ends.

But there is still one thing that could make this whole uneven, stop-start season worth it: A Group of Five team making the college football playoff for the very first time. Despite Kent State and Buffalo both looking like world beaters in MAC play at the moment, that very real (and very tantalizing) destiny belongs to just two teams, Cincinnati and BYU, who currently sit at 7th and 8th in the AP poll.

The knock against the Bearcats and Cougars, as it always is with Group of Five elites (see: UCF), is strength of schedule and FPI, but on his weekly radio show this week, Bearcats head coach Luke Fickell left the door open to something unprecedented—something that could fix all that ails college football in 2020 AD. Take it away, ol’ buddy.

SOUND THE ALARMS. LIGHT THE LAMPS. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Now something tells us the No Cool Activities Association (did you know that’s what the NCAA stands for?) will clip these wings before they ever see the sky, but it’s nice to dream, ain’t it? It’s nice to look a few weeks down the line and feel like there’s something good coming, even if it is just a clash of mid-major unbeatens that will probably end up getting cancelled anyway. Welp, there goes that optimism again. It was good while it lasted . . .