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Big 12 Conference adopts '9+1' football schedule for 2020 season

The model gives the conference flexibility to move back the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship game to December 12 or 19.
Credit: Big 12

DALLAS — The Big 12 Board of Directors on Monday announced conference football programs will play a “9+1” schedule for the 2020 season consisting of nine conference games and one non-conference home opponent.

The start of conference play will be solidified in the coming weeks, with an anticipated start sometime between mid- to late-September, with the expectation that non-conference games are contested prior to beginning league games.

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

“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."