It’s been almost a month since the Big Ten became the first of the Power Five leagues at the College of Football to announce the removal of a non-conference for the 2020 season. Since then, Pac-12 and SEC have done the same, while Big 12 and ACC will try to play at least one. game without conference.
All four of the other Power Five leagues have already outlined their plans for the season and look like this:
SEC: 10-game conference schedule starting September 26
ACC: Conference schedule with 10 games plus one non-conference game earlier in the week on September 7th.
Big 12: Schedule of nine game conferences plus one non-conference game starting “mid to late September”.
The top ten arrived on their model weeks back and forth and discussing various options and combinations.
“At the end of the day, there was some resistance from some of the schools, but it was a united decision to move forward,” Moos said of the league’s 100-plus games in mid-March. “We don’t know when the spikes will arrive. You see, Rutgers and Michigan State and their entire teams went into a 14-day quarantine, and we had to have a conversation, if that happened in October, it didn’t just affect those programs, it affected opponents. When will these games be played? … Can a football team cross the border into New Jersey and not have to quarantine for two weeks? All these things had to be placed on the table and dismantled and arranged. “