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Reports: Pac-12 football to return on November 6th

The Conference of Champions will compete in time for the College Football Playoff.

A detail view of the Pac-12 logo and grass field at Stanford Stadium prior to an NCAA college football game between the Stanford Cardinal and the California Golden Bears in the annual Big Game rivalry on November 23, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. Photo by David Madison/Getty Images

The last of the P5 conferences has decided to play college football in 2020, as multiple media outlets are reporting the Pac-12 CEO’s have voted to start the season on November 6th, with a championship game either on December 18th or 19th.

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News has more details available here.

This is huge for the league, with many schools publicly admitting to financial difficulties because of the lack of games in the sport that drives the majority of their revenue. It’s speculating because it’s early, but a seven game schedule likely means teams will play their entire division as per usual, with two divisional crossover games each. That means how the dial gets spun by conference commissioner Larry Scott and his staff will be a major factor in who ends up competing in the title game.

The Pac-12 Championship was originally scheduled for the Las Vegas Raiders new home of Allegiant Stadium. Although the tweet above from Kyle Bonagura says the game will be on December 18th, Wilner says it will be December 19th. As of now, the Raiders are scheduled to face the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football on December 17th.