On August 11, the Big Ten announced it would be postponing its college football season to the spring, with the Pac-12 following suit just hours after.
A little over one month later, the Big Ten reversed course and moved back to a fall season, officially releasing an eight-game, conference-only schedule on Sept. 19. Just three days after the Big Ten released its schedule, reports are now surfacing that the Pac-12 is set to decide this week on a move back to fall football, as well.
According to Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, the Pac-12 presidents are meeting Thursday to “decide whether to go forward with fall season, and if so, what it will look like.”
“Models are 6- or 7-game seasons, plus a league championship game,” Forde said. “Seven-game [schedule] would likely start Oct. 31; six-gamer Nov. 7. Title game 12/19.”
“Several Pac-12 teams haven’t done much (or any) full-team activities, so having enough ramp-up time to 11-on-11 contact practices is important,” Forde said in a follow-up tweet. “But local govt. officials more willing to work with schools now. Rapid testing obviously a key factor in making this all happen.
“League administrators have been notably quiet in recent days, wanting to keep lid on sensitive situation. One source said Pac-12 trying to avoid “a Big Ten situation” where member schools are leaking premature and/or incorrect information and complicating the process.”
The Big Ten and Pac-12 were the lone Power Five conferences to postpone their seasons to the spring, with the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 all moving forward with fall schedules.
The ACC and Big 12 both began their respective seasons the weekend of Sept. 12, while the SEC is set to begin its ten-game, conference only schedule on Sept. 26.