PAC-12 WILL PLAY FOOTBALL

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - From staff and wire re­ports

The Pac-12 will join the Big Ten in at­tempt­ing to play football this fall, the league an­nounced Thurs­day, re­vers­ing a de­ci­sion made in Au­gust to post­pone un­til the win­ter or spring at the ear­li­est due to the health con­cerns posed by the coronaviru­s pan­demic. Pac-12 play will be­gin Nov. 6 with a seven-game sched­ule con­sist­ing of only league games and cul­mi­nat­ing with the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game Dec. 18. The sched­ule will en­able teams from the Pac-12 to be con­sid­ered for the Col­lege Football Play­off, the league said in a state­ment. The seven-game sched­ule would be the short­est of any Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion con­fer­ence cur­rently in com­pe­ti­tion or with plans to re­sume play be­fore the win­ter. The Big Ten, which will re­turn on Oct. 24, is plan­ning to play up to nine games. Teams in the SEC can play 10 games, all in con­fer­ence, begin­ning on Satur­day. Pac-12 teams can be­gin prac­tice im­me­di­ately “with the nec­es­sary public health ap­provals,” the league said. There will be no fans al­lowed at games. Adding the Pac-12 brings the en­tire Power Five into com­pe­ti­tion and leaves only two FBS leagues, the MAC and Moun­tain West, still de­ter­min­ing whether to play this fall. Both con­fer­ences are ex­pected to de­cide be­fore the end of the month.

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