Big 12 approves 9+1 scheduling model for 2020

After the four other Power 5 conferences announced their football scheduling plans for 2020, the Big 12 finally followed suit on Monday evening.

The Big 12 board of directors announced that the conference’s 10 teams would play a “9+1” schedule this year consisting of nine conference games and one non-conference game.

A new schedule for conference play was not released, but “will be solidified in the coming weeks, with an anticipated start sometime between mid- to late-September,” according to a league press release.

The move allows for the conference to move the Big 12 Championship from December 5 to December 12 or 19 should the need arise.

“I would like to salute the work of our university presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, coaches, medical advisors and administrators who have worked tirelessly and collaboratively during these extraordinary times,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “We believe this change provides the best opportunity going forward. However, we will undoubtedly need to be flexible as we progress through the season in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead.”

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