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For several months now, ever since the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly caused the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament, the biggest question connected to the sport has been this: When will next season start?

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We got an answer Wednesday. It's Nov. 25.

So now there are only 50 million more questions to answer before things tipoff! And no, this is not me trying to take away from Wednesday's development.

To be clear, Wednesday was a good and significant day for college basketball. It gave us a date to circle. But what will happen on Nov. 25 very much remains to be undetermined. Even coaches at the top of the sport are mostly confused about any number of things.

Like ...

Are we actually going to start in November?

Are we really going to play nonconference games?

If I'm a high-major, will I deal with low-major teams at all given they likely won't test like I test?

Since we can't play all of the nonconference games we've already scheduled, what do we do about the nonconference games we've already scheduled but can't play?

Are we going to play on your campus or in a bubble?

I asked a coach some version of each of those questions.

His response to basically all of them? "I have no idea."

So, yeah, there's still a lot to work through. But this is undeniably a nice first step. Again, we finally have a date to circle on the calendar. It's Nov. 25. As for what will happen that day and in the weeks that follow? Man, who knows?

My assumption, based on various conversations, is that even though the Division I council is recommending that all teams play four nonconference games, some leagues -- most notably the ACC -- might decide that playing conference-only schedules is the way to go. And some leagues, especially the ones with limited resources, could completely opt out of the season.

Some teams will play 27 games. Some will play 17. Some might not even get to the 13 that the NCAA has determined will be necessary for schools to qualify for consideration for the NCAA Tournament. Some teams will play in front of fans. Others will not.

It's going to be a mix-match mess with little and (probably) big bumps along the way. Anybody suggesting otherwise is silly.

The good news is that, one way or another (barring a surprise), the 2020-21 college basketball season is going to start Nov. 25 and end with NCAA president Mark Emmert, presumably in a mask, handing a trophy to the coach of the team that wins the final game in early April.

The truth is that I didn't always believe this was a likely scenario. But I do now. And the people who are guiding the sport, most notably Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's senior vice president of basketball, deserve most of the credit. They are not making the mistake college football made -- which is to say, they're not sitting around and just hoping (with fingers crossed) that COVID-19 will magically disappear in advance of the Champions Classic. Instead, they're sensibly assuming it will not. So they're stacking contingency plans on top of contingency plans.

And that's smart.

Because the goal is simple: Start the season. Finish the season.

How we get from Point A to Point B is way less important than just getting from Point A to Point B by any means necessary. The folks guiding the sport understand as much. We learned on Wednesday that Nov. 25 is Point A. And I feel comfortable speaking for all of us when I say it cannot get here soon enough.

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The college football season rolls on with some added optimism coming into the fourth week.

The Pac-12 Conference joined the Big Ten in reversing its decision to have a football season despite insisting that continuing with a fall sports schedule was unsafe. On the heels of that announcement, the SEC begins its conference-only schedule with several of its top schools in action.

A handful of games, including one set to be played by Notre Dame, were canceled amid coronavirus outbreaks.

Here are some of the top games on the schedule this week:

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(3) OKLAHOMA VS. KANSAS STATE

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler throws during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against Missouri State in Norman, Okla. Rattler passed for 290 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start as Oklahoma defeated Missouri State. Oklahoma faces Kansas State this week. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool, File)

Oklahoma will come into its game against Kansas State as the No. 3 team in the nation. The Sooners are 1-0 and the Wildcats are 0-1 this season. Expect Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler to have another big game.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): Noon

WATCH: FOX

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OLE MISS VS. (5) FLORIDA

Florida head coach Dan Mullen watches his players warm up before an NCAA college football game against Florida State, in Gainesville, Fla. Mullen is still wary about what lies ahead as Florida prepares to open the season at Ole Miss on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. “Obviously, all the COVID stuff makes you anxious,” Mullen said. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Florida starts its season on the road against Ole Miss. Coach Lane Kiffin will be making his Rebels debut. The Gators are the No. 5 team in the nation. Kyle Trask is expected to start at QB for Florida. Ole Miss is expected to go with Matt Corral.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): Noon

WATCH: ESPN

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(8) AUBURN VS. (23) KENTUCKY

In this Saturday, Nov. 30, 3019, file photo, Auburn quarterback Bo Nix throws against Alabama during the first half of an NCAA college football game, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Auburn and Kentucky will be among the most interesting SEC matchups to watch. Both teams are ranked. The Tigers ended their 2019 season with a loss to Minnesota and the Wildcats ended with a win against Virginia Tech. Bo Nix will start at quarterback for Auburn and Terry Wilson will start for Kentucky.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): Noon

WATCH: SEC Network

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EAST CAROLINA VS. (13) CENTRAL FLORIDA

Central Florida quarterback Dillon Gabriel looks for a receiver during the second half of an NCAA college football game against East Carolina, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. Gabriel and the 13th-ranked Knights open American Athletic Conference play on the road Saturday at East Carolina. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

UCF’s Dillon Gabriel declared the Knights the best team in Florida. Quarterback Gabriel will have to put up or shut up, starting with East Carolina. It will be the Pirates’ first game of the season.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): Noon

WATCH: ESPN Plus

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(19) LOUISIANA VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Levi Lewis (1) runs from Iowa State defensive end JaQuan Bailey (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Louisiana was nearly knocked off last week against Georgia State. This time, it faces Georgia Southern. Levi Lewis and Elijah Mitchell will try to keep things rolling for the Ragin Cajuns. The Eagles’ game against Florida Atlantic last week was postponed because of positive COVID tests.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): Noon

WATCH: ESPN 2

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(21) PITTSBURGH VS. (24) LOUISVILLE

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) passes as he is pressured by Austin Peay defensive end Terrell Lucas (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pittsburgh and Louisville face off in an important ACC matchup. The Panthers are led by quarterback Kenny Pickett, who has had a few good games early in the season. The Cardinals will look to rectify a loss against Miami last week.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): Noon

WATCH: ACC Network

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(6) LSU VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE

Myles Brennan was named LSU's starting quarterback. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Quarterback Myles Brennan will look to start the defending national champions off on the right foot. LSU hosts Mississippi State in Mike Leach’s Bulldogs debut. It’s a new LSU team, but the Tigers still come in ranked No. 6 in the nation.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 3:30 pm

WATCH: CBS

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TEXAS TECH VS. (8) TEXAS

Texas' Sam Ehlinger (11) looks to pass against UTEP during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Longhorns have been riding high under quarterback Sam Ehlinger. Texas looks to remain undefeated this season when they go to Lubbock, Texas, to play Texas Tech. QB Alan Bowman will hope to open up the offense for the Red Raiders.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 3:30 pm

WATCH: FOX

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(14) CINCINNATI VS. (22) ARMY

Cincinnati quarterback Ben Bryant, right, breaks away from the Austin Peay defense to score a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati beat Austin Peay 55-20. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cincinnati and Army face off in a battle of ranked teams. The Bearcats defeated Austin Peay last week. Army has started the season 2-0, defeating Middle Tennessee State and Louisiana-Monroe. A win for either team could mean bigger things come late December or early January.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 3:30 pm

WATCH: ESPN

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(15) OKLAHOMA STATE VS. WEST VIRGINIA

Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) hands the ball off to running back Chuba Hubbard (30) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tulsa, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

Oklahoma State will hope to keep pace with Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12. The Cowboys face off against West Virginia. The Mountaineers are also 1-0 and a win could mean a move into the Top 25 come Sunday.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 3:30 pm

WATCH: ABC

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MISSOURI VS. (2) ALABAMA

Alabama defensive back Patrick Surtain II waits for a play during the team's NCAA college football game against Southern Miss in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Two of the Alabama defense's big names -- Surtain and linebacker Dylan Moses -- are back, along with potential stars like Ray and linebacker Christian Harris. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Alabama is back. Mac Jones and the Crimson Tide start their season on the road against Missouri. Alabama will hope its season gets started off right with a win over the Tigers. Missouri will either start redshirt freshman Connor Bazelak or redshirt junior Shawn Robinson.at QB.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 7 pm

WATCH: ESPN

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(10) TEXAS A&M VS. VANDERBILT

In this Nov. 30, 2019, file photo, Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond throws a pass during the first half of the team's NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La. Mond will lead No. 10 Texas A&M in the opener against Vanderbilt on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Texas A&M begins its SEC schedule against Vanderbilt. The Aggies are the No. 10 ranked team in the nation. QB Kellen Mond will get one more shot to lead the team to the College Football Playoff.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 7:30 pm

WATCH: SEC Alternate

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(12) MIAMI VS. FLORIDA STATE

Seminoles coach Mike Norvell said this week he's asymptomatic for the coronavirus and planned to help with preparation and monitor practices remotely. Deputy head coach Chris Thomsen will fill in for him Saturday. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)

The coronavirus is not stopping the rivalry game between Miami and Florida State. The Hurricanes, fresh off a win against Louisville, will host Florida State. The Seminole will have Mike Norvell coaching virtually as he contracted the coronavirus.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 7:30 pm

WATCH: ABC

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SOUTH CAROLINA VS. (16) TENNESSEE

Jarrett Guarantano and the 16th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers are about to find out how much having the same offensive coordinator for consecutive seasons can help a quarterback. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Tennessee is starting the season as the No. 16 team in the nation. Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano and the Vols will host South Carolina and his counterpart Collin Hill. It’s the first game of the season for both schools.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 7:30 pm

WATCH: SEC Network

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(20) VIRGINIA TECH VS. NC STATE

In this Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Virginia Tech quarterback Hendon Hooker (2) runs as Miami linebacker Michael Pinckney (56) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. Virginia Tech plays North Carolina State on Saturday, Sept. 26. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Virginia Tech will finally get to showcase what it’s about on Saturday. The Hokies get set to play N.C. State. Virginia Tech had to move games around thanks to the coronavirus but will finally get to step onto the field. N.C. State is coming off a three-point victory over Wake Forest.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 8 pm

WATCH: ACC Network

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(18) BYU VS. TROY

BYU's Lopini Katoa (4) and Tyler Allgeier (25) celebrate during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Navy, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Tommy Gilligan)

BYU and Troy will close out a big Saturday in college football. BYU destroyed Navy for its first win of the season. Troy beat Middle Tennessee State for its first win. One team will leave the field undefeated.

DATE: Sept. 26

TIME (ET): 10:15 pm

WATCH: ESPN

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Ryan Gaydos is a sports reporter for FoxNews.com and FoxBusiness.com. Follow him on Twitter @Gaydos_

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