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Big 12 Athletic Directors Split Between 12-Game and 10-Game Schedule, per Report

It looks like there will be nonconference football for the Pokes in some fashion.



It looks as if Big 12 schools will get at least one nonconference game in.

In a Friday meeting, Big 12 athletic directors were split when deciding which scheduling model the conference should use, according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd. The two primary options are a full 12-game schedule or a 10-game schedule where schools would play one nonconference game.

The news comes after the rest of the Power Five leagues determined their plans for the 2020 season. The Pac-12, Big Ten and SEC will play conference-only 2020 seasons, while the ACC will play an 11-game schedule with one nonconference game.

The Big 12 is unique to the other Power Five leagues in that there are only 10 schools in the league, so a conference-only schedule would be only nine games.

If the Big 12 did go to the 10-game schedule, the teams’ nonconference games would likely fall on either Sept. 19 or Sept. 26, according to Dodd. The Cowboys have a game against Western Illinois scheduled for Sept. 19, and OSU has a bye week Sept. 26.

The uncertainty of the upcoming season halted the Big 12’s annual media days which, after a move to virtual and initial delay, were canceled Thursday.

The last time an OSU team played 10 or fewer games in a season came in 1969, the first year of the Floyd Gass era. OSU went 5-5 that season.

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