What's the college football season like for players who opted out because of COVID-19? For some, emotional. For others, surreal.

CHICAGO — Ra’Von Bonner told himself not to cry.The Illinois running back doesn’t regret his decision not to play this season. But watching a game instead of competing, especially when his teammates struggled, stirred up emotions Bonner had hoped were quelled.“It was really, really emotional for me. I even cried after watching the game,” Bonner said of the Illini’s 45-7 season-opening loss at Wisconsin on Friday. “Watching it, it’s different. I know the plays. I know what people’s assignments are. Those are still my brothers. It’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m gone.’ I spent a lot of time there and grew …

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