The New Mexico situation also may influence UNLV rescheduling a game on Aug 29th.... which is why if TCU does schedule the open Sept 12th date seems a lot more likely.
The NFL has moved to not have any teams take the field for competition before Sept 10th (no preseason games).
There were originally 7 college games scheduled for the week of Aug 29th. Four of them have already been cancelled. New Mexico is scheduled in one of the three still on, so if they cancel, that will leave only two games. The Marshall/East Carolina game could move back to Sept 5th (the date it was originally scheduled for before being moved up a week - something to do with the 50th anniversary of the Marshall team plane crash)... which would leave only one game left in "week 0", UC Davis at UNR.
So would UNLV push to add a week 0 game back, making the state of Nevada host two games that week when no other state is starting ball?
2020 Idaho State-New Mexico game moved from Week Zero to Sept. 19
New Mexico was scheduled to play New Mexico St on Sept 19th, but "the schools are in discussions to move that contest up to Week Zero". Odd that UNM would schedule a game on Sept 19th before it was determined what would be done about the game they already had scheduled for that day. The NMSU/UCLA week 0 game was canceled.
What does this accomplish, if UNM does reschedule NMSU to Week 0?
- It gets the Idaho St AD out of the "week 0" fish bowl scrutiny
- It lets the UNM AD claim "abundance of caution" for week 0 by switching to an in-state opponent.