Big 12 Conference announces plan for 2020 football season

Ross Houston
August 4, 2020

The Big 12's Board of Directors approved a plan Monday evening for the league's teams to play a 10-game season, the conference announced.

The Big 12 will follow in the footsteps of its power-conference peers and try to play a shortened football season in the fall that features 10 games for all of its members. "However, we will undoubtedly need to be flexible as we progress through the season in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead". Although that would not affect the Power 5's plans to play their regular season conference schedules, it would set up a direct conflict, at least in appearances and optics, were the Power 5 schools to play while other sports were cancelled.

With games against Texas Tech and Texas, UTEP's football schedule for weeks has been hinging on the Big-12's decision on whether or not they would allow non-conference games. December 19 could pose a scheduling conflict with high school football championships at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium and force the Big 12 to relocate.

Kansas and Oklahoma are tentatively scheduled to begin the year on August 29 with home games against FCS opponents.

The Big 12 did not publish its specific schedule on Tuesday, but with the sweeping changes across all conferences, marquee matchups such as West Virginia-Florida State, Baylor-Ole Miss, Oklahoma-Tennessee and Texas-LSU have been lost for the season. The Pac-12 followed a day later.

It will entail nine conference games plus one outside opponent.

With the Power Five leagues taking the conference-only route, we lose Texas vs. LSU, Iowa State vs. Iowa, Oklahoma vs. Tennessee, West Virginia vs. Florida State, and Kansas State vs. Vanderbilt, but here are the games now on their slates from the Group of Five and FCS to choose from.

Additionally, with the Big 12 wanting to keep its nonconference games at Big 12 venues, KU won't be playing at Coastal Carolina on September 26.

The Big Ten, first to announce intentions to go conference-only this season, has yet to release a new schedule, but that could come later this week.

Early Monday, Texas State from the Sun Belt announced it was moving a nonconference game against SMU up from September 5 to August 29.

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