Big 12 Conference goes Conference + One in football

TAYLOR COUNTY—The Big 12 Conference Board of Directors approved a revised scheduling model for the upcoming college football season that will include nine conference games and one non-conference game, the league confirmed on Monday.

The start of conference play will be announced in the next couple of weeks, with an anticipated start date of mid-to-late September. The league still expects to play its non-conference games before the start of league play. 

This model gives the Big 12 the flexibility to move back the conference championship game to Dec. 12th or 19th.

“I would like to salute the work of our university presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, coaches, medical advisors and administrators who have worked tirelessly and collaboratively during these extraordinary times,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “We believe this change provides the best opportunity going forward. However, we will undoubtedly need to be flexible as we progress through the season in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead.”

With every Power 5 conference already having determined its scheduling model for the upcoming season, the Big 12 joined the ACC as the only leagues that kept one non-conference game.

With changes occurring across all conferences due to the current pandemic, notable match-ups such as West Virginia/Florida State, Baylor/Ole Miss, Oklahoma/Tennessee, and Texas/LSU have been lost for the season. 

Last week, changes began to occur with the ACC’s announcement on Wednesday that it had approved an 11-game schedule which includes 10 conference games and one non-conference game. Notre Dame would be included in the ACC’s conference lineup, giving the Irish an opportunity to play for conference title.

The SEC followed the next day, announcing a 10-game, conference-only schedule that would eliminate traditional rivalry games such as Florida/Florida State, Georgia/Georgia Tech, Louisville/Kentucky, and Clemson/South Carolina.

On Friday, the Pac-12 released details of its conference-only schedule, but the Big 10 has yet to announce its conference-only revised schedule after being the first Power 5 conference to declare that they would eliminate out-of-conference games for the season.


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