Report: Big 12 adopts new scheduling model for 2020 season
The Big 12 has finally decided to follow in the footsteps of the other major conferences in college football.
Monday night, Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reported that the Big 12 has approved a plan to alter its scheduling model for the 2020 season. It is the final Power Five conference to make a decision to change around its plans for the fall season.
Per the report, the Big 12 will institute a 9-game conference schedule while also adding a “plus-one” contest against a nonconference opponent. This is similar to the route the ACC decided to take.
Sources tell me and @max_olson that the Big 12 approved a plan to play 9+1 schedule. Nine league games, one nonconference game.
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) August 4, 2020
The B1G was the first conference to make a significant change, eliminating all non-league games for the 2020 season. The Pac-12 followed suit quickly after, and the SEC recently made the decision to flip to that model, as well.
The Big 12 had planned on trying to play a full 12-game schedule, which would include three nonconference games for each team. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there are too many problems with proceeding as usual.