Jeff Harvey

While many local football programs are in some form of limbo or otherwise uncertain status, the two biggest teams in the state are making their plans to start their seasons in September as WVU hosts Eastern Kentucky and Marshall hosts EastCarolina.

The latter game has history behind it as it was on a flight back from ECU that the Marshall team plane crashed, killing , near Yeager Field on Nov. 14, 1970.

The former game will be played in an empty Mylan Puskar Stadium because of COVID-19 concerns.

I get the feeling that COVID-19 will affect college and pro football the way it has affected baseball with periodic postponements.

Continuing with our NFL preview, we go to the NFC North Division, starting with the Green Bay Packers. They drafted Jordan Love to succeed Aaron Rodgers. It might not happen immediately, but unless Love is a total bust, they’ll let Rodgers go within a couple of years. As for the team,they are solid enough to win the division.

The Minnesota Vikings have the ability to win the division if not more. There’s just something that consistently holds them back. It’s not Kirk Cousins, who’s good enough for them to win it all, and they have good talent everywhere. Who knows,but they click this year and win it all.

The Detroit Lions had a chance to make the playoffs before Matt Stafford got hurt. Judging from the team’s results, post-injury, they hope he stays healthy.

The Chicago Bears have pretty much wrecked the confidence of Mitchell Trubusky and brought in another quarterback who has only proven himself good with one team to compete with him. They still have a good defense but they’ll finish fourth.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at

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