Virginia Tech, Virginia Postpone CFB Season Opener Due To COVID-19 Spike

  • The Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Virginia Cavaliers football game has been postponed due to a spike in COVID-19 cases on Virginia Tech’s campus.
  • The MLB experienced similar postponements in the early part of their 2020 season.
  • The NBA bubble has been the most fluid process for playing games as there have been no postponements to games yet.

BLACKSBURG, Va. – College football fans in the Old Dominion have woken up to disappointing news on Saturday as the Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Virginia Cavaliers' game has been postponed to an undetermined date and time.

The decision came after the Virginia Tech campus reported a spike in COVID-19 cases. The Hokies football team will now pause practices for four days.

"The safety, as well as the physical and mental well-being of these young men and women entrusted to our care by their families remains our top priority," said Director of Athletics, Whit Babcock. "While we share the disappointment of everyone who hoped to begin the football season against our in-state rival, we remain optimistic that a full ACC football schedule can be played thanks to the flexibility the present format permits. Despite this delay, our schedule still aligns closely with the Southeastern Conference and Big 12 football timelines.”

What This Means For College Football Betting

College football betting was already going to be different this season with the BIG 10 and the PAC-12 electing not to play in the fall. Their main reasoning for their absence was for the very scenario that occurred in Blacksburg.

The early postponement mirrors that of the MLB 2020 season start. The one thing both sports have in common is the fact that teams will have to travel across the country.

While the Hokies and Cavaliers only had to travel in-state for their game, the ACC-only schedule will still require teams to travel across state lines. This leaves a greater chance for the virus to spread.

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This is why the NBA decided on its bubble format. Ever since the NBA restarted its season, there have been no games canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. The NCAA did indicate last month that they might be leaning towards something similar when they applied for the trademark “Battle in the Bubble”.

Even though many expect this trademark to apply to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament next spring, it could have implications for CFB. The College Football Playoffs have yet to be canceled so there is a chance the trademark will apply to a playoff bubble.

What college football bettors do know is that they can expect other games to be postponed for the same reason as the Fall continues with the limited amount of conferences playing.

Online sports betting sites in the U.S. have taken down the odds for the Hokies vs. Cavaliers matchup and it’s unclear when those betting lines will return.

With the ongoing possibility of a season cancellation on the horizon, betting on any college football game should be seen as a blessing.