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Following the lead of other college football conferences, the Pac-12 Conference announced a 10-game conference-only schedule for the 2020 football season.
The theme of the season is flexibility. All teams receive a bye week at some point in the season. The Pac-12 has also included an open week for Week 12 to allow for make-up games. Training camp for football will begin on August 17th at the earliest.
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In a calculated move, the Pac-12 chose to put both the UCLA-USC and Arizona-Arizona State rivalry games in Week 1.
“There were a lot of factors that went into it,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said of the decision. “One of the aspects of the thinking…is we realize that, at the moment, those are real hot spots. By putting them the first week, in the event that these two teams in each of those two markets playing against each other winds up not being possible, they become very easy to reschedule”.
Although the Pac-12 Conference Championship Game was set to take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, that agreement has been pushed back a year. Instead, the championship game will held in a home-hosted model.
The Pac-12’s schedule differs slightly from the decision from the ACC. The ACC announced a 10-game conference schedule with one out-of-conference game, which must be played in the state of the ACC program.
Collaboration is Key
“The collaboration has been excellent,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said. “You think back to March, when we had to make the very unfortunate decision when our men’s basketball tournaments when they were going on. Then cancel spring sports, we all got to a similar place. Most of us are going to wind up with conference-only schedules, maybe the addition of a non-conference [game] here or there.”
No decision on whether or not fans will be in attendance has been made, according to Commissioner Scott. However, Scott said that decision is not a conference decision but rather a local decision.