The Pac-12 Conference has announced they will have a conference only slate for Fall Sports in 2020.
In a decision that did not take long, the Pac-12 Conference announced earlier this week they will have a conference only schedule for Fall Sports, including football. This cancels the Ducks games with North Dakota State and Hawaii. Oregon and Ohio State were cancelled last week when the Big Ten announced a conference only slate for the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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The move pushes back the start of the college football season for the Conference of Champions and gives schools in California and Arizona a chance to even play. According to ESPN, the additional time may give schools like UCLA and USC an opportunity. Coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County are currently higher than in other areas of the state.
Another state seeing a rise in cases is Arizona where both the Sundevils and Wildcats reside. While every part of the country is seeing spikes in cases at different times, it will make it hard for teams to travel in the coming months. The move to go conference only was in part to stay ‘closer to home’, but the Pac-12 encompasses the entire West Coast.
While the Big Ten and Pac-12 have made the decision for a Conference Only season for multiple sports. The other big three conferences have yet to make a determination on how things will play out this Fall. The SEC has announced they will delay the start of Fall Sports until August 31st. The ACC, SEC, and Big 12 will revisit the issue at the end of the month.
Some of the cancellations include key games including Oregon State at Oklahoma State, Michigan at Washington and USC taking on Alabama in what would have been a key early-season matchup.
The revised football calendar for the upcoming season will be finalized on July 31st.