Earlier this month, the Pac-12 followed the Big Ten’s lead and announced it will only play conference games in the 2020 season. According to a new report from Jon Wilner of the Mercury News, the Pac-12 has also decided to push the start of the season to mid-September and will have three different dates for the championship game for flexibility.
“The final version, to be unveiled next week, will require approval by presidents and chancellors,” Wilner reports. “It is expected to include the following: A 10-game regular-season, with each team playing its division opponents and five crossover games. Season openers have been scheduled for Sept. 19, or what would have been Week Three on the original 2020 calendar. At least two bye weeks are built into the lineup, creating windows for games that cannot be played as scheduled. The Pac-12 championship at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas could be played on any of three weekends.”
The SEC, Big 12, and ACC have yet to announce their plans for the 2020 season, but are reportedly considering “plus-one” schedules to allow for one non-conference game. Earlier this week, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said the league’s decision could come as early as next week, but may be pushed to early August so officials can monitor the situation with the coronavirus.