After months of consternation, and a pretty firm stance on fall football, the Pac-12 is doing their part to save us from a national boredom. I’m watching the NBA, for God’s sake! Well, no longer.
The Pac-12 conference voted today to bring back conference football in the fall. Arizona State AD Ray Anderson confirmed that this takes the form of six scheduled game and one championship game for all teams based on seeding. The season officially resumes on November 6th (barring any setbacks or prohibitions from local officials):
OFFICIAL: Pac-12 announces resumption of football, basketball & winter sports seasons. Full information below.— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) September 24, 2020
The tipping point was the availability and accuracy of daily antigen testing for COVID-19. Antigen testing has results available in minutes instead of days, and also is much cheaper to procure en masse. This allows every member school to test every student-athlete every day. Testing every day allows outbreaks to be snuffed out before the ball really gets rolling, and more importantly, keeps players safe.
College basketball will also resume on November 25th, like the rest of the country.
Well, in November, we’ll see what Karl Dorrell and the Colorado Buffaloes can do in his first year!