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HCA: Is there a possibility for an earlier Apple Cup?

Dream or nightmare?

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Good morning, Coug fans! Happy last day of July- I can’t believe that either. For a brief personal anecdote, I have working WiFi now, as the pandemic moving process finally winds down! I write this from the comfort of my own home, rather than the outdoor coffee shop patio I found.

Onto business, shall we?

We dip our toes slowly into the pool of live sports again, and while it remains at the professional level, there is still uncertainty around how colleges are going to handle the football season. UCLA’s tentative schedule has a Week 2 game against USC, which is exactly how I know the world is ending.

What does that mean for us? Could we get an early Apple Cup? Do we want an early Apple Cup? *panic intensifies*

Overall, nothing is guaranteed. We’re working under the assumption that even these games won’t be cancelled.

Would schools push games up that bring higher buzz? We’re currently slotted to start our season against Oregon State after the three non-conference games got cancelled, so would we move up our higher priority “rival” games outside of the Apple Cup, assuming we move that to Week two? Will we simply not play Cal at all and avoid the mess that is Cal week all together or am I just dreaming?

It’s important for me to to say that overall safety should be priority number one. I would love to be at a place where we can safely conduct a football season, at whatever capacity that may be at this point.

The only thing I know for sure is that I know nothing, and whatever they decide to do might be weird. We should start emotionally preparing to have a weird season, regardless of how we play. Isn’t that new?

I am glad to not be the one making these decisions. Please let me know what you think!


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