While some smaller conferences like Conference USA and Independents have already kicked off their 2020 football seasons with successfully played games (with limited in person attendance, obviously), the Big 12 is already batting poorly with three of the first games postponed or cancelled altogether. The Baylor vs. Louisiana Tech matchup was supposed to be the Bears’ season opener, but was suddenly postponed indefinitely today. TCU vs. SMU (two of the worst teams ever in the world) was the first of the Big 12’s nonconference schedule to be cancelled completely on September 5 after the Horned Frogs recently saw a COVID outbreak among athletes and staff. Only two days later, the Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa game was postponed one week because COVID positives forced the Golden Hurricane to limit their weekly practices. According to the Cowboys’ fan site, “The Golden Hurricane had a nine-day pause because of multiple positive tests and was limited to seven practices during their 17-day camp.” Luckily the Cowboys agreed to a belated start where hopefully both teams will be healthy enough to compete against each other. The worst yet expected news of today was that Baylor vs. Louisiana Tech has been postponed for who knows how long as the Bulldogs are currently experiencing a COVID outbreak following the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, which devastated parts of Louisiana and Texas. Louisiana Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland said in a released statement, “It is obvious that the impact of Hurricane Laura in our community a few weeks ago really sparked our significant increase in numbers. With 95 percent of our city losing power for days – even up to a week in many areas – our student-athletes were forced to find places to stay and some even had family from south Louisiana that came northward to stay with them. So many things that we were able to control for the month of August became out of our control, and I think the numbers prove that it took its toll. The Bulldogs would have been a worthy competitor against the Bears (here’s my most recent post about the single digit awardees) as they’re ranked No. 1 in Conference USA West, finished the 2019 season with a 10-3 record, and demolished Miami in the Independence Bowl, 14-0. It would have been exciting to watch the two teams play each other, but for now, I’m glad the health and safety of the athletes is of utmost importance!