Big 12 approves 9 conference football games, 1 nonconference

Big 12 teams will play nine conference games and one nonconference game this season under a schedule approved Monday by the league’s university presidents and chancellors.Action will start in mid-September or late September, giving the Big 12 the option to push its championship game back from Dec. 5 to either Dec. 12 or Dec. 19, depending on the status of the coronavirus pandemic. Game matchups and dates weren’t announced.”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,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “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.”The slate is somewhat akin to the one implemented by the Atlantic Coast Conference, which will have its teams play 10 conference games and one nonconference game.The Southeastern Conference will have a 10-game, conference-only schedule starting Sept. 26.The Big Ten and Pac-12 will both play conference-only slates, with the Pac-12 also starting on Sept. 26.