Following the Pac-12’s announcement earlier this month that all fall sports would feature conference-only competition, we knew there would be some massive shuffling of the football schedule to accommodate such a large change. On Friday, the conference released the 10-game schedule for all teams, with the Washington State Cougars adding a trip to visit the USC Trojans to their slate, missing only the Arizona Wildcats. Here are how things now stack up ahead of the tentative start of the season on September 26th.
WSU Revised 2020 Football Schedule
|Oct. 30 (Friday)||Stanford||Stanford|
|Nov. 7||USC||Los Angeles|
|Nov. 14||Arizona St.||Pullman|
|Nov. 21||Oregon St.||Corvallis|
|Nov. 27 (Friday)||Washington||Pullman|
The conference also announced teams could get their fall camps underway as soon as August 17th with up to 20 practices prior to the first game. The conference will be releasing scheduling details for the remaining fall sports at a later date.
“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans continues to be our guiding principle as we navigate a path to our fall seasons” said WSU AD Pat Chun in a media release. “We are appreciative of Commissioner (Larry) Scott, the Pac-12 staff and everyone involved across our 12 institutions for working collaboratively to create these schedules. We are optimistic these schedules put us in the best possible position to have our fall seasons.”
The only game on this schedule that didn’t change for the Cougs is the Apple Cup, which remained on Black Friday. It’s also the first time in more than a decade WSU’s schedule won’t end with the Washington Huskies; they head out to play the Colorado Buffaloes the following week. They do get lucky and push the game against the Oregon Ducks to the start of the season, breaking up a brutal two weekend slate with UO and UW.
The conference also left some wiggle room to delay the season further with the conference championship game not scheduled until December 18th or 19th at the home stadium of the higher ranked team, putting off the change to Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for a year. Kickoff times and TV partners for the games have yet to be announced.
Whether the season still goes forward or not is anyone’s best guess. Conference commissioner Larry Scott said “I don’t know” when asked today if he’s confident college football will even happen this fall so take what you’re seeing here with a big, big grain of salt. To say that there are countless moving parts here would be an understatement, especially with nearly 60 days between now and the new scheduled start to the season.