The Pac-12 is reportedly targeting an Oct. 31 start date for the college football season.
According to The Mercury News of San Jose, CA, the league’s athletic directors are targeting a Halloween kickoff, “pending approval from the presidents and subject to the easing of local health restrictions, according to conference sources.”
“It might be a challenge, but many of us would like to play then,” one source told the outlet.
“We think it’s possible,” said another.
This news comes just a day after the Big Ten announced it was backtracking from its original spring football plan and moving forward with a season starting the weekend of Oct. 23, one week prior to the Pac-12’s target return date.
Should they move forward with this plan, the Pac-12 champion could play eight total games and potentially be considered for the College Football Playoff.
Here are the conference’s three obstacles The Mercury News is reporting for the targeted Halloween start date:
- Navigating the last batch of local health restrictions
- Gaining consensus on the training camp schedule
- Approval from the CEOs.
According to the report, Pac-12 presidents and chancellors are gathering Friday for a meeting, with a possible vote on a date to begin the season on the table.
This afternoon, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel also reported that the Pac-12 football working group had a call today, where the participants indicated they could be ready to play in “six weeks or less” if teams were allowed to ramp up practice starting next week.
Source: The Pac-12 football working group had a call today. A vast majority of the programs indicated they could be ready to play in six weeks or less if they could start the ramp to games on Monday.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 17, 2020
Could we see all five Power Five conferences confirmed for the college football season by this weekend?