It looks like the USC-Alabama game will be in a half-full stadium in a best-case scenario.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, whose daughter graduated from USC last year, told 12 athletic directors from of the state’s Football Bowl Subdivision schools Friday not to expect capacity at their stadiums to be above 50 percent this fall, according to USA Today.
That means about 40,000 fans would be at the USC-Alabama game. That’s a plus for the Trojans because Alabama will bring more fans and noise will not be as big of an issue.
Abbott originally said stadiums would be at 25 percent but a week later quickly expanded capacity to 50 percent. That raised hopes stadiums might eventually be full.
- The NCAA has encouraged all member schools to designate, Election Day, November 3, 2020 as a day off.
That could present a dilemma for USC: The Trojans at Oregon on Nov. 7 and Tuesdays (Election Day) are traditionally the biggest practice of the week.