Big 12 Conference approves “9+1” football schedule

WOAY – The Big 12 Conference announced Monday it will adopt a “9+1” schedule for the 2020 college football season, meaning teams will play nine conference games (as usual) and one non-conference matchup.

Schedules for the league’s 10 teams, including West Virginia, will be finalized in the coming weeks, but it is widely expected that non-conference games would take place in mid-September before league play begins.

West Virginia’s original schedule included three non-conference opponents, but their games against Florida State and Maryland were affected by the ACC’s and Big Ten’s decisions to limit the number of non-conference games or cancel them entirely for 2020. There is no official decision yet made on the Mountaineers’ planned Sept. 12 home game against Eastern Kentucky.

The Big 12 also announced Monday the possibility of moving the football 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.”