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Pac-12 reportedly targeting Halloween start for college football season

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.

Could we see all five Power Five conferences confirmed for the college football season by this weekend?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

6 Comments for Pac-12 reportedly targeting Halloween start for college football season



  1. Lip Man 1
    6:41 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t wait for the virus to start postponing games by the boatload!



    • mashman 93
      7:39 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

      If that makes you happy then you’re a pathetic person.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:29 am September 18, 2020 Permalink

      Wow, just can’t wait, huh? It would seem that Covid-19 has a fan. Bizarre and sad.



  2. Tom Bombadil
    7:35 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t wait until you take that Lip-service down the road!



  3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    7:37 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

    Oh brother. Why not shoot for New Year’s Day, play 1 game, and claim your champ should be in the CFP?!



    • Guinniemen
      11:38 pm September 17, 2020 Permalink

      I totally agree with you. If the pac 12 is going to start so late then they shouldn’t play at all. And that goes to the big 10 aka I’d rather watch paint dry conference. How can you justify Ohio state playing 8 games and should be in the playoffs?