MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Big 12 Conference announced late Monday that they have adopted a “9+1” schedule format for the 2020 football season. League presidents and chancellors met Monday to discuss scheduling options.
Each Big 12 team will play their traditional round robin conference slate and one additional non-conference game. The league anticipates that conference play will begin in mid-September or late-September, with non-conference games completed prior to the start of league play. The Big 12 school must host the non-conference game. The league schedule will be solidified in the coming weeks.
The Big 12 Championship Game, currently scheduled for December 5, could be delayed by a week or two.
“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 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “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.”
West Virginia appears to be set with their non-conference game. Athletic Director Shane Lyons appeared on MetroNews Talkline Friday and said that Eastern Kentucky is still expected to visit Morgantown. That game is currently slated for September 12.
WVU is scheduled to open Big 12 play at home against Kansas State on September 26. The Mountaineers lost non-conference games against Florida State and Maryland due to new ACC and Big 10 scheduling policies.