The Pac-12 Conference, which had been the last major college football holdout amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reversed course Thursday and decided to participate in the 2020 season.
It follows the Big Ten giving football a late green light last week. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC never halted their campaigns.
So, despite summer uncertainty about whether a college football season would happen in any form, all major conferences will compete. There will still be the grand prize of a College Football Playoff title up for grabs for at least four of the five power leagues (the Pac-12 is expected to be included but that development has not been confirmed).
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As part of its return announcement, the Pac-12 is implementing daily testing and procedures meant to limit the spread of COVID-19, though other conferences have already learned such methods are not always effective.
The conference’s programs will have a while to prepare for their abridged slate of games — football is not supposed to start until the weekend of Nov. 6-7. The Pac-12 is also welcoming back men’s and women’s basketball starting Nov. 25.
Below is additional info on what to expect from the months ahead for Pac-12 football:
When does the Pac-12 football season start?
The season is expected to start the weekend of Nov. 6-7, though specific matchups and dates have yet to be announced.
How many games are in the Pac-12 conference schedule?
Each team will play seven conference games in a sprint that leads to the Pac-12 title game on Dec. 18.
Pac-12 football schedule 2020
A full schedule for all 12 teams in the conference is expected to be unveiled this week.
Are Pac-12 teams allowed in the College Football Playoff?
The Pac-12’s eligibility has not yet been confirmed, according to ESPN, but the league reportedly isn’t concerned about issue. If it is allowed to compete for a championship, it would have at least one genuine contender.
Oregon will likely enter the campaign somewhere in the top 15, if not the top 10. The Ducks were No. 9 in the preseason AP Top 25, though it’s unclear how voters will assess them when they drop into the campaign with many rivals from other conferences already having played five or more games. USC and Utah were also ranked in the preseason poll.
Are USC, Oregon and other Pac-12 teams selling football tickets?
No fans will be allowed to attend Pac-12 games taking place on campus.