Pac-12 CEO group votes to start football season Nov. 6

Over a month after the Pac12 conference decided to postpone all Fall sports competition until 2021, the group of CEOs voted Thursday to reverse that decision, and start the football season on Nov. 6.

This gives teams six weeks to prepare, which most coaches were pushing for instead of a shorter period of time by starting on Oct. 31. The Athletic reported that coaches across the league didn’t think that initial rumored date was enough time to prepare, and could cause injuries.

On Sept. 3, Pac12 commissioner Larry Scott announced a daily antigen COVID-19 testing agreement with Quidel, which is a big reason why their season is now starting in the fall instead of spring.

The Washington State Cougars and Washington Huskies should know their schedules in the “next few days” according to the Pac12’s information release. Each team will play five divisional games, one crossover game, and one game to be determined on Dec. 18, the same day the north champion will play the south champion.

Right now, there is no game number requirement to qualify for the College Football playoff, so seven total games could get a Pac12 team into the final four. The University of Oregon Ducks are thought to be the only team favored for a CFP bid.

Last week, the Big Ten conference reversed their decision to postpone their football season, so the Pac12 was left as the only Power 5 conference potentially not playing in 2020.