Just when we thought that the football schedules were starting to be set into place, another wrench just got thrown into the mix. Today the Mid-American Conference otherwise known as the MAC dropped a bombshell today. According to watch stadium’s football insider Brett McMurphy, the MAC has cancelled football in the fall due to COVID player health concerns and safety concerns.
Obviously, the MAC took a huge hit when power five conferences decided to do away with non-conference games. However, the MAC will play football in the spring as they become the first group of five conference to push football into the spring.
Now why is this a big deal for the Big 12? It will directly impact two schools in Iowa State and Kansas State. Buffalo was supposed to play Kansas State on September 5th and Iowa State was scheduled to play Ball State on September 12th.
This now leaves Kansas State with North Dakota as the lone team left on their non-conference schedule and Iowa State has South Dakota as the last team standing on their non-conference schedule. And of course, Oklahoma has Missouri State and Kansas has Southern Illinois as well. But while the Missouri Valley Football Conference pushed their conference games to the spring, they allowed the schools to decide on whether they play non-conference games in the fall.
It will be interesting to see if these games stick and if they do not this will put the Big 12 in a bind searching for that one non-conference game. But at least the Missouri Valley Football Conference left it up to the schools to play games in the fall. If other group of five schools decide to follow the MAC, it will leave others scrambling for opponents.
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