Details on Pac-12 Return to Play Plan

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It hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention as the Big Ten, because quite frankly no one cares as much, but the Pac-12 has had its own whirlwind couple months. While no one really would’ve bet on this as recently as a few weeks ago, the Pac-12 is indeed poised to return:

So, a six-game season followed by a title game and other divisional games, like the Big Ten is doing. While it’s been since 2016-17 since Washington made the College Football Playoff out of the Pac-12, it’ll be be interesting to see if the committee would select an undefeated conference champion.

It also bears watching how this goes with local regulators. In California, Governor Gavin Newsom has said nothing was standing in the Pac-12’s way for returning to play, but their pandemic restrictions would make it nearly impossible to stage a football practice. There are also air quality issues due to wildfires across the West Coast.

Nonetheless, the Pac-12 has a path to return. All Power-Five conferences will be playing football this Fall.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Haha. The reality is that if the PAC-12 actually completes their season, they will have come from further back than the Big-10 (although they had lead blockers such as Trump, Nebraska and Ohio State). I mean, they are in the epicenter of far-left winger country that do not want anything to be as it was before Covid.

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