Penn State Football Season off but College Ball Goes Ahead

Penn State Football Season off but College Ball Goes Ahead

College Football fans in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania, will miss watching one of their favorite college teams, the Penn State Nittany Lions, as the Big Ten conference recently voted to opt out of their 2020 season due to ongoing effects of the global pandemic.

The Big Ten’s announcement that it was postponing all fall sports and hoping to make them up in the second semester came as no surprise. The Pac-12 also announced shortly afterwards they too will cancel all their college football games through until the end of 2020.

“This was an extremely difficult and painful decision that we know will have important impacts on our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our fans,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott went on the record as saying. “We know nothing will ease that.”

No Big Ten or Pac-12 but College Football Going Ahead

In good news however, the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference are all still set to move forward with plans to conduct a season as the lack of centralized leadership for College Football has left every conference to decide for itself.

The Big Ten’s announcement last week came a mere six days after the conference that includes historic and iconic college sports programs such as Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Penn State had released a revised conference-only football schedule that it had hoped would help the Conference navigate a full fall football season. The decision itself was a big one but not a surprise considering what has happened to sports scheduling worldwide in 2020.

“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren announced in a hastily prepared statement. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.”

Who is playing – Who is not in 2020

As of August 19, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, Southeastern Conference (SEC), American Athletic Conference and Sun Belt Conference are all planning to play football this fall.

The Frontier Conference reversed its course last week and decided to postpone its entire college football season, however, the NAIA still has seven conferences set to play in some capacity this coming fall. The North Star Athletic Association is still going ahead with plans to play, and teams were recently given the green light to start practices.

The Great Plains Athletic, Heart of America, Kansas Collegiate Athletic and Sun conferences have also announced plans to go ahead with their schedules this fall. Also going ahead are the Mid-South Conference, where only the Sun Division will play this fall, and the Sooner Athletic Conference, which will have teams playing three conference games in the fall and six more in the spring.

See the list of the college football conferences (as of August 19 2020) still planning to play games this fall (independent college programs not included);

FBS

  • American Athletic Conference (AAC)
  • Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) – Notre Dame will a play a 10-game ACC schedule and be eligible for the ACC championship.
  • Conference USA
  • Southeastern Conference (SEC)
  • Big 12 Conference
  • Sun Belt Conference

FCS

None

NCAA Division II

None

NCAA Division III

None

NAIA

  • Great Plains Athletic Conference
  • Heart of America Conference
  • Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • Mid-South Conference – Sun Division only
  • Sooner Athletic Conference – Teams will play 3 conference games in the fall and 6 in the spring.
  • Sun Conference
  • North Star Athletic Association

Junior college

None

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