The college football season is scheduled to begin in about one month. Yes, it will look very different in 2020 due to COVID-19, but the question remains, just how different?
The Big Ten and the Pac-12 have decided they’ll play conference-only schedules this year, while the Big 12, ACC and SEC are still planning on full 12-game schedules. There are additional concerns following MLB’s need to cancel games on Monday due to a COVID-19 outbreak with the Miami Marlins.
However Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register talked to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby about the MLB news and he was optimistic., saying, “If we are advised that it is OK to play the (football) season, we should all expect that there will be such disruptions.”
This news comes a few days after Baylor AD Mack Rhoades said there is a better than 50% chance the Big 12 gets in a full 12-game schedule. Some Big 12 teams, like the Oklahoma Sooners, are moving games up in the schedule to August 29th.
Also, according to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman, the Big 12’s athletic directors have a, “plus-one,” model ready, which would entail playing a full nine-game league schedule and one non-conference game.
There’s no doubt it’ll be a unique college football season, and while there’s still plenty of time for this to be upended, the Big 12 looks to be moving ahead with a season, with plenty of contingency plans in place.
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