The other Power 5 conferences had all made their ruling in recent weeks on what their plan for the 2020 college football season would be, so everyone was just left sitting and waiting on the Big 12 to finally make their decision.
Well, it has been made.
The Big 12 is going to play a 10-game schedule in 2020 – 9 conference games and one home non-conference game, per The Athletic.
Sources tell me and @NicoleAuerbach: Big 12 Board of Directors approved plan to play 9 conference games and 1 nonconference game.
— Max Olson (@max_olson) August 4, 2020
“We believe this change provides the best opportunity going forward,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a release. “However, we will undoubtedly need to be flexible as we progress through the season in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead.”
This means the Oklahoma-Army game is officially no more, but that was mostly a pipe dream that that was ever going to be played this season.
We are yet to know the exact date the Big 12 is expected to begin play, but the Big 12’s released stated it would be sometime in mid-to-late September. One has to wonder if Oklahoma will still shoot to open their season in less than four weeks against Missouri State on August 29th if conference doesn’t begin until the late stages of September.
If they are only playing one non-conference game, and conference play doesn’t start until late September, the motivation to play in Week 0 is really no longer there, so we will see if Joe Castiglione and Lincoln Riley elect to move the game again or stay put.
The 2020 college football season is finally beginning to take shape, as one more piece of the puzzle has come together tonight.
When the exact game dates are released, we will bring them to you.
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