Last week, the Big 10 made quite the announcement stating that fall sports, including football, would play conference-only matchups and eliminate non-conference games. With no true warning to the other conferences, Power 5 schools included, the Big 10 made a decision that will effectively affect every other conference.
The Big 10’s announcement was the first of the Power 5 schools, but followed the announcement from the Ivy League schools. The Ivy’s were the first to take COVID precautions in March during basketball season. The Ivy’s have cancelled/delayed all sports until January 1, 2021.
The PAC-10 conference quickly followed suit, their Athletic Director Larry Scott also tested positive for COVID-19. In a matter of hours, then days, it started to seem that a college football fall as we know (and love), may not be a true option.
With the news of the Big 10 going conference-only, the Mountaineers lost one of their non-conference matchups; playing host to the Maryland Terrapins for the third game of the season in a two-part home and away series.
Speaking of non-conference matchups, the ACC is the latest conference to be rumored to be considering going to just conference games. If that were to be the case, the Mountaineers would lose a second non-conference game; the season-opener in Atlanta’s Chick-fil-A Kick-Off Classic versus the Florida State Seminoles.
As of Monday, there has been no formal update as to what the SEC or the Big 12 will do in terms of non-conference games across fall sports. If three of the five conferences that make up the Power 5 are going conference-only, assuming the ACC follows through with the rumored decision, it begs the question of what the SEC and the Big 12 will do.