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COVID-19 and college football: where every Power 5 conference is on the 2020 schedule

The COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States and continues to impact the impending 2020 college football season.

The Power 5 conferences in the FBS have already changed their minds about a possible season, but not everyone is on the same page. The conference-only model is in place in some places, but it is not a universal plan.

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The season should start August 29, but that seems like a stretch given the status of the five most powerful conferences.

Here’s a closer look at where each stands:


On July 29, the ACC unveiled a plus-one model for the 2020 college football season. Notre Dame, independent of the FBS, will be a full member as part of that ten-game conference schedule.

The Irish are also eligible to participate in the conference championship, which is scheduled for December 12 or December 19 at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. Notre Dame distributes its television revenue with the other schools in the conference, and that includes money generated from its NBC television contract.

The schedule left room for one non-conference game. The conference announced that the first games will take place in the week of September 7-12, and that the schedule of 11 games will span a 13-week period to two weeks.

Big Ten

The Big Ten was the first to adopt a conference-only model for the 2020 season and announced the change on July 9.

That means major non-conference games like Michigan-Washington, Oregon-Ohio State and Notre Dame-Wisconsin will not take place. The 11 nonconference games with the Mid-American Conference are also out of the schedule.

The Big Ten will play a nine-game conference schedule (six intradvision, three crossover), so it will be interesting to see if there are any changes in the match-ups.

Large 12

According to ESPN.com, the conference will do that decide at the end of July how to proceed.

“As we go on, we will have our own set of criteria,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. ‘We mainly rely on the advice of scientists and doctors who advise us. We believe that decisions should be made a little later. ”

The Big 12 too has canceled his plan for a virtual media day on August 3.


The Pac-12 followed the lead of the Big Ten and moved to a conference-only model for 2020 on July 10.

“Our decisions have been and will be guided by science and data, and based on the trends and indicators of the past few days, it has become clear that we need to give ourselves maximum flexibility to plan and slow down any movement to the next phase from back to the game activities, “Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

The Pac-12, like the Big Ten, plays nine conference games, but this year it does not play in non-conference games that could have helped the chances of College Football Playoff. The conference has not been represented in the Playoff for the past three seasons and has the fewest performances (two) among the Power 5 conferences.


On July 30, the SEC moved to a conference-only model for the 2020 college football season. Sports Illustrated first announced the news.

The SEC starts playing on September 26, which is three weeks after the scheduled start of college football season. The SEC retains its seven-team format, and teams play two more crossover games with the new schedule. In addition, the SEC has moved the championship game to December 19.

Traditional SEC-ACC rivalry games such as Florida-Florida State, Kentucky-Louisville, Georgia-Georgia Tech, and South Carolina-Clemson will not be played as a result of the decision.

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