Pac-12 commissioner ‘confident’ conference will play college football by January

By Vincent Frank
Dec 6, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; General overall view of Pac-12 logo at midfield prior to the Pac-12 Conference championship game between the Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There’s seemingly some good news on the college football front with three of the Power Five conferences slated to start their seasons later this month.

A recent update includes the fact that the Pac-12 has come to an agreement with the medical community for rapid COVID-19 testing and results. That’s a game changer for the sport and the entire United States during this age of the pandemic.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott is now adding more fodder to the belief that his conference will soon get on the field.

This is some absolutely tremendous news. When the Pac-12 decided to cancel its fall college football season last month, there was no word on whether the season would be played at all. Meanwhile, the Big Ten has pointed to Thanksgiving Weekend as a potential start time for its season.

How will the 2020 college football season look?

With the SEC, ACC and Big 12 all slated to start their conference-only seasons later this month, there’s some major logistical concerns.

Those three conferences will see their regular seasons come to a conclusion just in time for the normal bowl season. Meanwhile, the Big Ten would likely play through February with the Pac-12 having to wait until March to see its season come to a conclusion if it were to start in January.

Those are the logistical concerns. But as Mr. Scott noted, the Pac-12 season could potentially start before January.

As for the product we’re going to see on the field around the nation, several top-end players have already opted out of the 2020 campaign. That includes one Heisman candidate. If the Pac-12 were to start its season in January, it’s highly likely some of the conference’s best players will decide not to play. That’s especially true with the 2020 NFL Draft slated for April.

For now, this seems to be great news. Though, there’s still a lot to hash out.