The Big 12 Conference, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, includes 14 schools as of July 1, 2023

Big 12 moves ahead with fall sports beginning in September

DALLAS (AP) – The Big 12 Conference reaffirmed its decision to press on with college football and other fall sports Wednesday, joining the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern conferences in taking the field amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The move came one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not be participating this fall. There is a chance the other two Power Five leagues will push their seasons to the spring, but that remains to be determined.

In the meantime, the Big 12 board of directors approved a plan to begin fall sports after Sept. 1 with football playing a schedule in which each team can play one non-conference game before league play begins Sept. 26. The schools will all play each other to give them 10 total games with the Big 12 title game scheduled for Dec. 12.

The league’s schools have agreed to enhanced COVID-19 testing that includes three tests per week in “high contact” sports such as football, volleyball and soccer. Rigorous testing that includes echocardiograms, a cardiac MRI and blood tests will be required before athletes can return to play. All non-conference opponents also must adhere to Big 12 standards.

“The virus continues to evolve and medical professionals are learning more with each passing week,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “We are comfortable in our institutions’ ability to provide a structured training environment, rigorous testing and surveillance, hospital quality sanitation and mitigation practices that optimize the health and safety of our student-athletes. We believe all of this combines to create an ideal learning and training situation.”

Big 12 Football Schedule for 2020 Season:

Saturday, 9/26/20:

Kansas at Baylor

Iowa State at TCU

Kansas State at Oklahoma

West Virginia at Oklahoma State

Texas at Texas Tech

Saturday, 10/3/20:

Baylor at West Virginia

Oklahoma at Iowa State

Texas Tech at Kansas State

TCU at Texas

Oklahoma State at Kansas

Saturday, 10/10/20:

Oklahoma vs. Texas (at Cotton Bowl – Dallas, TX)

Texas Tech at Iowa State

Kansas State at TCU 

Saturday, 10/17/20:

Oklahoma State at Baylor

Kansas at West Virginia

Saturday, 10/24/20:

Baylor at Texas

Iowa State at Oklahoma State

Kansas at Kansas State

Oklahoma at TCU 

West Virginia at Texas Tech

Saturday, 10/31/20:

TCU at Baylor

Iowa State at Kansas

Kansas State at West Virginia

Oklahoma at Texas Tech

Texas at Oklahoma State

Saturday, 11/7/20:

Baylor at Iowa State

Kansas at Oklahoma

Oklahoma State at Kansas State

Texas Tech at TCU 

West Virginia at Texas

Saturday, 11/14/20:

Baylor at Texas Tech

TCU at West Virginia

Saturday, 11/21/20:

Kansas State at Iowa State

Texas at Kansas

Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

Saturday, 11/28/20:

Kansas State at Baylor

Iowa State at Texas

TCU at Kansas

Texas Tech at Oklahoma State

Oklahoma at West Virginia

Saturday, 12/5/20:

Baylor at Oklahoma

West Virginia at Iowa State

Texas at Kansas State

Oklahoma State at TCU 

Kansas at Texas Tech