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Big 12 to play 10-game football schedule

Big 12 to play 10-game football schedule

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The Big 12 board of directors announced Monday night that the league’s 10 schools will play a 10-game football schedule this fall that includes nine conference games and one nonconference game.

The teams’ schedules will be solidified in the upcoming weeks with an anticipated start of Big 12 games sometime between mid- to late-September. Nonconference games are expected to be played before league games.

The model also gives the conference flexibility to move back the Dr Pepper Big 12 championship game to Dec. 12 or 19.

Baylor’s season opener against Ole Miss on Sept. 6 at NRG Stadium in Houston was canceled Thursday when the SEC announced that it would play a 10-game conference-only schedule beginning Sept. 26 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

That left Baylor with two nonconference games at McLane Stadium, including Incarnate Word on Sept. 19 and Louisiana Tech on Sept. 26. However, Baylor didn’t announce its lone nonconference opponent Monday night following the Big 12’s revised schedule announcement.

Baylor was scheduled to host Kansas on Sept. 12, but it’s undetermined whether that game will be moved to later in the season following the Big 12’s announcement. The Bears’ preseason practices will begin Saturday.

“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 in a statement.

“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.”

The Big 12’s 10-game model is much like that of other Power 5 conferences.

Like the SEC, the Pac-12 is playing a 10-game conference-only schedule beginning Sept. 26. ACC teams will play 11 games beginning the week of Sept. 7-12, including 10 conference games and one nonconference game.

The Big Ten will play a 10-game conference-only schedule but hasn’t yet announced its starting date.


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