Maryland football helmet during game against Wisconsin
Oct 21, 2017; Madison, WI, USA; An Maryland Terrapins helmet sits on the sidelines during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

This is becoming an alarming theme around the college football world with the 2020 season slated to get going late next month. Multiple football teams seeing outbreaks of COVID-19 during workouts. We can add another Big Ten squad to the mix.

Nine positive COVID-19 tests results in Maryland canceling voluntary workouts

Despite this being about a 5% positive test rate, those in charge in Maryland decided canceling workouts made the most sense. We really can’t blame them given the direction the COVID-19 pandemic is taking in the United States right now.

The Terps are the latest college football program to cancel workouts due to positive virus tests. It’s been a theme dating back over a month.

Will the start of the 2020 college football season be postponed?

For now, the Big Ten and Pac-12 are two major conferences that have decided to go with conference-only schedules this season. For Maryland, that means their season opener is now slated to be Oct. 3 against Minnesota.

Should other Power Five conferences follow suit, it stands to reason that the season won’t start until October.

Of course, that’s all dependent on it taking place in the first place. Most recent suggestions are that the season might actually start up next spring. Given what we’re seeing from major conferences around the nation, that could ultimately be the end result.