The Big 12 Conference has announced its decision on football scheduling for the 2020 season. Now it is up to the league’s 10 football programs to sort out the details – who, where, when and how many.
With COVID-19 changing much of the world’s landscape, the Big 12 approved a plan Monday night whereby its football programs will play each of the other nine conference foes once, per normal, and then they also have the ability to play one non-conference opponent, though that game must be held at the home field of the Big 12 team.
The beginning of conference play for the fall will be solidified in the coming weeks with an anticipated start sometime between mid-to-late September with the expectation that non-conference games are contested prior to the beginning of the league slate.
The model also gives the conference flexibility to move back the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship game to Dec. 12 or 19.
“The decision by the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors is an important one because now we can move forward.” WVU director of athletics Shane Lyons said. “We lost the Florida State game in Atlanta, so that put us in a transition period. We will have a 10-game schedule, and we will get it finalized with the Big 12 and announced to our fans in the coming days.”
Previously, WVU’s season opener was scheduled for Sept. 5 against Florida State in Atlanta, but that game has been canceled. Also Maryland, which is a member of the Big Ten, is going to be playing conference-only games this year, so the Terps’ Sept. 19 trip to Mountaineer Field has also been canceled. That leaves West Virginia with only one non-conference game remaining on its 2020 schedule – Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 12 in Morgantown. Multiple sources indicate there is no plan, as reported by some other outlets, to move that game to Aug. 29.
WVU’s first Big 12 game is slated for Sept. 26 against Kansas State at Mountaineer Field, but anything on West Virginia’s schedule appears to be subject to change. How exactly that schedule looks will likely be announced in the next few days.
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