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Pac-12 approves 2020 football schedule & plans for fall sports

Jul 31, 2020

Path to return to competition to follow Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee guidelines prioritizing health and safety and designed to provide maximum flexibility

SAN FRANCISCO - The Pac-12 CEO Group today approved the 2020 Conference-only fall schedule for football, which features a 10-game slate and number of features designed to provide maximum flexibility. Additionally, the CEO Group approved competition start dates and preseason practice policies for Conference-only seasons for men’s & women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s & women’s cross country.  Practice policies and competition in all cases are subject to the approval of public health authorities and medical advice.

Return-to-competition plans for each of these sports were determined following extensive consultation with the Pac-12’s Medical Advisory Committee. The health and safety of our student-athletes and those connected to Pac-12 sports is our number one priority, and we are prepared to adjust plans if the health situation changes.  In addition, the Conference previously announced that Pac-12 student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics during the coming academic year because of safety concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their university and will remain in good standing with their team.

“From the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, we have been committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to our athletic programs,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.  “The schedule and plans approved today and path to return to competition are subject to public health orders and will be taken in accordance with the health and well-being guidelines developed by our Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee.  The schedule and return to play plans provide for maximum flexibility and the best opportunity to play all fall sports in an environment that prioritizes safety.  At the same time, we will continue to evaluate the best available science, data and advice of public health officials as we make decisions and any required adjustments going forward.”

Football

Following the Pac-12 CEO Group’s July 10 decision to move to a Conference-only football schedule, the Pac-12 today unveiled a 10-game Conference-only schedule (available below as well as on Pac-12.com) structured to maximize flexibility, including the following features:

  • Season to commence on September 26 (normally Week 4), with the flexibility if necessary to commence on a later date if the situation warrants;
  • Each team will play five home and five road games;
  • Games that are unable to be played on their scheduled date can be made up in their bye weeks or in Week 12 (December 12), with the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76®, now slated for December 18 or 19; and
  • The Pac-12 Football Championship Game, presented by 76®, will be held in a home-hosted model for 2020, with the Pac-12 and partners Allegiant Stadium and the Raiders, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) and MGM Resorts International agreeing to commence hosting of the Championship Game at Allegiant Stadium in 2021 for its two-year run in Las Vegas in order to ensure a successful launch of the inaugural event.
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The later start to the season will allow for additional time for student-athletes to properly and safely prepare for the season, with the CEO Group approving a move to 20 hours of summer access mandatory activities beginning as early as August 3 followed by the start of training camp commencing as early as August 17, in all cases subject to allowance by public health orders and medical advice.  The return to athletic competition for football and all other sports will follow the guidelines and protocols developed by the Pac-12’s Medical Advisory Committee, a summary of which can be found here: Guidelines & Protocols - Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee

In addition to schedule parameters outlined above, the Pac-12 has also updated its tie-breaking procedures for determining division champions and Football Championship Game participants in accordance with the 2020 schedule.  The full tie-breaker procedures for the Championship Game can be found here: 2020 Pac-12 Football Tie-Break Procedures.

Men’s & women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s & women’s cross-country

The Pac-12 CEO Group also approved Conference-only scheduling plans for men’s & women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and men’s & women’s cross country, with competition to start no earlier than the weekend of September 26. The first permissible date of practice for these Conference-sponsored sports will be August 15.  In all cases the Conference-only schedules to be developed will be designed to support health and safety, and maximize flexibility.

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2020 Pac-12 Football Schedule

Sat., Sept. 26   Sat., Nov. 14
ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA   ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE
USC at UCLA   USC at OREGON
COLORADO at OREGON   UCLA at COLORADO
UTAH at WASHINGTON STATE   CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA
CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE   OREGON STATE at STANFORD
STANFORD at WASHINGTON   WASHINGTON at UTAH
     
Sat., Oct. 3   Fri., Nov. 20
ARIZONA at WASHINGTON   OREGON at ARIZONA
UCLA at OREGON STATE    
UTAH at COLORADO   Sat., Nov. 21
CALIFORNIA at USC   ARIZONA STATE at USC
STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE   UCLA at WASHINGTON
OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE   COLORADO at STANFORD
    UTAH at CALIFORNIA
Fri., Oct. 9   WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE
ARIZONA STATE at OREGON    
    Fri., Nov. 27
Sat., Oct. 10   USC at UTAH
USC at STANFORD   WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE
COLORADO at ARIZONA    
OREGON STATE at UTAH   Sat., Nov. 28
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA   ARIZONA at UCLA
WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA   CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE
    OREGON STATE at COLORADO
Fri., Oct. 16   STANFORD at OREGON
UTAH at UCLA    
    Fri., Dec. 4
Sat., Oct. 17   UCLA at CALIFORNIA
COLORADO at USC    
CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE   Sat., Dec. 5
OREGON at OREGON STATE   ARIZONA at STANFORD
Bye - Arizona, ASU, Stanford, Washington   OREGON at UTAH
    OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE
Sat., Oct. 24   WASHINGTON at USC
USC at ARIZONA   WASHINGTON STATE at COLORADO
UCLA at ARIZONA STATE    
STANFORD at CALIFORNIA   Pac-12 Postseason Lineup
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON   Game dates and times to be determined
Bye - Colorado, Utah, Oregon, WSU    
    CFP Championship (Miami, Fla.)
Fri., Oct. 30    CFP Semifinals
WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD   - Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual
    - Allstate Sugar Bowl
Sat., Oct. 31   Valero Alamo Bowl
ARIZONA at UTAH   Las Vegas Bowl
ARIZONA STATE at COLORADO   San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl
WASHINGTON at OREGON   Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl 
Bye - USC, UCLA, California, OSU   LA Bowl
    Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Fri., Nov. 6    
COLORADO at WASHINGTON    
     
Sat., Nov. 7    
ARIZONA at OREGON STATE    
UTAH at ARIZONA STATE    
STANFORD at UCLA    
OREGON at CALIFORNIA    
WASHINGTON STATE at USC