Intrepid Pac-12 reporter Jon Wilner broke some significant news this morning when he reported that the conference — which had previously announced that this upcoming football season would feature only league opponents — has settled on a 10-game schedule.
The season is scheduled to start on Sept. 19, and each team will play five games against its division opponents and five games against teams from the other division, one more than was originally planned. For the Washington State Cougars, that would mean adding either the USC Trojans or Arizona Wildcats. (I know which one I prefer!) According to Wilner, everyone’s schedules are expected to be released by the end of next week.
There’s plenty of wiggle room built in. There are reportedly two bye weeks for each team; the conference has given itself all the way until Dec. 19 to play the Pac-12 Championship Game; and the league is apparently prepared to go down to as few as eight games, if necessary.
Training camps would open up in mid-August, about three weeks from now, but some coaches are skeptical:
Significant scoop from @wilnerhotline .. Sources have told me that several Pac-12 coaches said they think the start of this season needs to be delayed even later than this tentative date. https://t.co/Y7z7K7uJNz— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 23, 2020
To be honest, I’m not sure why coaches would think that. Maybe they think they need more practices, since most of them didn’t get spring ball? Unless they’re just trying to play amateur epidemiologist like the rest of us. That’s probably it.
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