Despite the short season, the Pac-12 will still have two rivalry weekends. North Division rivals will play each other in Week 4, with all the installments this year in the Oregon State Game on Friday, November 27, in the Big Game (Stanford in Calford), the Apple Cup (Washington State in Washington) and the Oregon State Game Will go. .
South Division rivals will face off in 6 weeks. Arizona State will travel to Arizona to play the Regional Cup on Friday December 11, and the Rumble in Rocky between Utah and Colorado in Boulder will also take place on the same day. UCLA will host Vieu for Vijay Bell on Saturday, 12 December.
Although the rivalry remains intact, the atmosphere will be different this season as fans will not be allowed in any games on the Pac-12 campuses.
Each Pac-12 team will play five divisions in its division as well as a divisional crossover game before the conference championship game.
Presiden favorite Oregon plays UCLA at home in their crossover game on Friday, November 20. Other crossover games are Calocon at Arizona State in Washington, Colorado at Stanford, Oregon State at Utah and USC State at Washington.
“Our guys are ready to roll; we’ve gone over it,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said Saturday morning on College GameDay. “We are watching everyone play ball. Now it’s our turn.”
The conference championship game will be held on Friday, December 18. Teams that do not qualify for the title game will play an additional conference game against a team from the opposite division on the same weekend.
Pac-12 teams will still be eligible to make it to the College Football Playoff, though the conference is playing the lowest amount of scheduled games among Power 5 conferences. The Pac-12 title game is to be played on December 20, just two days before CFP selection day, when the 13-member selection committee selects the top four teams in the country.
In early August, the Pac-12 postponed all fall games until at least 1 January. Cited the need for rapid testing as a requirement to return safely, due to concerns about the coronovirus epidemic. An agreement to use an FDA-approved rapid antigen test manufactured in early September convinced the conference’s Medical Advisory Board that it was looking to proceed safely with one season.
Government restrictions regarding the practice, which confirmed the decision to delay the Pac-12, have also been relaxed in the past few weeks. Earlier this week, the state of California amended its interim guidance for college sports to allow college teams to practice in groups of 75. The previous limit was 12.
That change still required local government approval, which was quickly approved for California, UCLA and UCLA. Stanford is still waiting for Santa Clara County to approve its return-to-play plan, which is expected to come before Cardinal training camp.
Kyle Bonagura of ESPN contributed to this report.