Pac-12 To Begin Play Nov. 6

The Pac-12 has reached an agreement to play an abbreviated schedule in 2020. The conference will begin play Nov. 6, according to ESPN.com’s Kyle Bonagura and Heather Dinich.

The last of the Power 5 conferences to finalize a 2020 start date, the conference will play seven games before a Dec. 18 conference championship game. This date comes two days before the College Football Playoff committee is scheduled to determine its four playoff-bound teams.

While none of the college conferences are operating normally in this historically unusual season, the Pac-12’s seven-game season will be the shortest among the leagues. The western-based conference nixed its fall season shortly after the Big Ten did in August, but an agreement to conduct daily testing helped push the league toward an earlier-than-expected return. The Big Ten moved to begin play Oct. 24 earlier this month.

Multiple first-round-caliber talents from the Pac-12 have opted out of the season, with the conference previously tabling all sport start dates until at least New Year’s Day. Oregon tackle Penei Sewell — a top-five 2021 prospect — was the most notable player to do so, with Stanford tackle Walker Little also declaring he will prepare for the draft early. A few prominent Big Ten opt-outs backtracked on their decisions after the conference’s announcement of an October start date. It would not be surprising to see Pac-12 players follow suit.

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  1. JJB0811

    Amazing! Now all power 5 conferences want that loot. Shocking. Once the MLB, NBA & NHL kicked off & Goodell saying ‘game on!’ it was a no brainer for the universities to follow suit.

    • Oooof

      Except that these colleges have thousands and thousands of other people to worry about, and at least in theory, they’re not supposed to prioritize sports above the institutions’ other missions.

      • cka2nd

        And we’ve seen outbreaks on some of those campuses among those thousands and thousands of other people. Some of these players go to the wrong party, and they could be laid up for weeks.

    • bedbathandbiyombo

      Agreed. I’m proud that they held out as long as they could, but when everyone else caved, their hand was forced. Yet another example of college athletes getting exploited.

        • Oooof

          Calling someone a Nancy because they don’t think unpaid athletes who are already risking their health to make money for other people should have to risk their health even more to make money for other people?

          • JoeBrady

            No small part of this is being pushed by the athletes themselves. If I had any shot at being drafted, I’d want a showcase also.

            • Oooof

              Sure, but that speaks to some of the problems. Football prospects can’t showcase themselves without risking their health to give free product to colleges. Of course they want that opportunity now, and my heart goes out to them, but that doesn’t mean schools should be putting football above public health or student body health. Also, if we let football players fully determine what risk was worth taking with their health, many of them would play concussed or otherwise hurt. There are reasons athletes don’t get final say in what risks are worth taking.

              • cka2nd

                Or they have unions who can take that burden off their individual shoulders.

  2. DarkSide830

    whoever the first conference’s head was should be held accountable for any kids who get sick, because they could have all held firm and waited until spring. could have easily made the same ammount and satisfied TV networks just having the NFL occupy both weekend days in the fall and the NCAA both weekend days in the spring. had to be greedy though.

      • forwhomjoshbelltolls

        I know, right?

        Sheeple scared of a global pandemic when they should be scared of guys named Juan and Jose.

        SOOO scary. Need wall.

        • Marvels MagaMan

          Breaking immigration laws*
          need wall

          Also, are you assuming every guy named Juan or Jose is here illegally? Thats pretty racist to assume that. Just saying.

        • Marvels MagaMan

          Breaking immigration laws*
          need wall

          Also, are you assuming every guy named Juan or Jose is here illegally? Thats pretty ra-cist to assume that. Just saying.

      • Oooof

        The Covid death toll in this country has surpassed the population of Birmingham and trolls still want to act like it’s irrational and cowardly to treat it with caution.

    • GoLandCrabs

      How could you have two football seasons within a few months if they still played in fall next year? Just doesn’t seem feasible.

      • Technically correct

        Wrong point. Hopefully they don’t spread it to someone who will die.

      • Oooof

        1) When you’re dealing in percentages, you want to keep the total number infected down. Having large groups of people congregating and travelling will increase exposure.
        2) Death isn’t the only bad outcome.
        3) Not everyone surrounding these players is college aged.

    • Phil253

      Dude, 24,000 people have died from the flu in the 2019/20 season. That’s readily available from the CDC. I think that pales in comparison to the almost 1 million who have died from COVID. I think if you’re not getting your info from sources other than Fox News you’re a sheep. Try caring more about your fellow man instead of your entertainment.

        • Phil253

          COVID-19: 993,000 deaths worldwide
          Influenza: estimated 24,00 to 62,000 worldwide for the flu season from 10/19 through 4/20…
          There’s still no comparison and my numbers weren’t “way off”

    • JoeBrady

      FB players looking to get drafted, aren’t waiting until Spring. Millions of people are going to work everyday, and taking the risk, in an effort to support their families. For some of these kids, this is their only shot.

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