As COVID-19 spikes continue in the United States heading into July, the question whether college football will be played in 2020 remains uncertain. More than 2.6 million have tested positive for COVID-19 in the United States, and the death toll has soared to more than 127,000. The number of new cases must go down in order to entertain a season. The FBS season is supposed to begin on Aug. 29, but that date is looking more tenuous by the day. Here is a look at some of the key issues facing college football heading into a month where media days and fall camps are supposed to start. MORE: The best College Football Playoff contenders for every conference in 2020What will Media Days look like? Media Days are an annual July tradition that mark the unofficial start of the college season across the FBS conferences. The COVID-19 outbreak forced all 10 conferences to switch their Media Days from on-site locations to virtual formats, and most of the conferences have not announced dates for those events — which likely will include several Zoom conferences with coaches and players. The ACC will conduct their virtual Media Days from July 21-23. This could be a preview of what to expect if a season happens in 2020. Weekly and postgame press conferences could follow a similar virtual format. How many schools will cancel their season? That has happened at the lower levels. Morehouse, a historically black college in Atlanta, canceled its football season June 26. The Southern Heritage Classic between Jackson State and Tennessee State also has been canceled. Dayton, a FCS school that finished 8-3 in 2019, canceled its season opener against Southeast Missouri State on Sept. 3. At the FBS level, Notre Dame and Navy moved their Aug. 29 game from Dublin, Ireland because of health concerns. The game is schedule to be played in Annapolis on Labor Day weekend. More cancelations and scheduling hurdles can be expected in July on a state-by-state basis. MORE: Sporting News 2020 Preseason All-AmericansHow many positive tests is too many? It’s not just about the positive tests. It’s about how individual institutions are handling those tests. This could become a tricky situation because schools are handling tests differently. Take Clemson and Ohio State — schools that met in the College Football Playoff last season. On June 26, Clemson – which began testing on June 1 — announced 47 positive tests among 430 tests for its staff and student-athletes via ESPN.com. Those who tested positive must self-quarantine for 14 days. Several other schools — including Iron Bowl rivals Alabama and Auburn — have reported positive tests for football players in June. Ohio State, meanwhile, required student-athletes to sign a COVID-19 waiver but is not disclosing test results. The Columbus Dispatch reported on June 12 that the university, citing privacy concerns, “is not sharing cumulative information publicly as it could lead to the identification of specific individuals.” Those differences could make playing games that much more difficult. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd detailed the battle schools are facing for a standardized COVID-19 testing program heading into fall camp. MORE: Ranking college football’s top 25 programs of the past 10 yearsIs playing football safe? That’s going to be the next question given varying social distance requirements from state to state. Will players be required to wear a mask while practicing or playing? Is a contact team sport possible? How will positive COVID-19 tests impact individual programs on a week-to-week basis? Those are safety questions that will need answered before schools can entertain having full-contact practices in the fall leading up to the college football seasons. Most FBS schools open fall camp in late July, so the next few weeks will be important in lowering the number of positive cases across the country. Last week seven states — Arizona, Arkansas, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas — reported their highest number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations since the pandemic began. Those seven states have 35 of the 130 — or 26.9 percent — of the FBS programs. The numbers in those states have to decrease significantly before assuming the risks of playing football in the fall. What alternatives exist? Sporting News detailed some of the alternatives in April. Those options are still being discussed, including games without fans, a late start date, conference games only or even a spring football season. Every scenario will be explored knowing the financial implications for athletic departments if there is not a football season, but the same questions that were being asked in April linger in the summer months. SN will continue to monitor those developments while proving preseason content if there is a 2020 college football season.