Pac-12 Reverses Call and Will Play Ball This Fall After All
Left with the realization that they were the only power conference left in college football that was still on the sidelines, the Pac-12 reversed its own call, after further review, and will now indeed play football beginning the weekend of November 6th (Go Cougs).
The Pac-12 CEO Group unanimously voted to allow the conference to play college football this fall, a seven-game season beginning Friday, Nov. 6 with the Pac-12 Championship Game scheduled for Friday, Dec. 18.
Fans will not be permitted to attend the games.
The Pac 12 announced:
"Based upon updated Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee recommendations that take into account material changes to testing capabilities, the prevalence of COVID-19 and cardiac issues, along with updated state and local health official guidance, the Conference will resume its football, basketball and winter sport seasons, the football season may now commence for those teams that have the necessary state and local health approvals on November 6."
Daily COVID-19 antigen testing programs will be administered, plus each athlete will be required to pass a weekly PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. Any positives determined by an antigen test will be confirmed by a more accurate PCR test.
The decision would allow the Pac-12 to be considered as part of the College Football Playoff selection process. A Pac-12 team hasn’t made the playoff since Washington lost to Alabama in the Peach Bowl at the end of the 2016 season.
Pac-12 schools located in California and Oregon have been limited by local health restrictions, some of which prohibit gatherings of larger than 12 persons. Because of the fires on the West Coast, some teams haven't been unable to practice due to air quality conditions. The Colorado Buffaloes were thought to be ready to roll football-wise until Thursday. That's when the city of Boulder, Colorado, banned all public gatherings of persons aged 18-22 -- including for athletic activities -- until at least Oct. 8. There have been at least 1,400 suspected COVID-19 cases on campus since Aug. 24.