Pac-12 plays follow the leader; will go conference-only in 2020

CUTrevor 2020-07-11 03:36:26

I was afraid all the nervous nellies would follow the Big Ten and go conference-only. It's such a herd mentality these days. I applaud the ACC, SEC and Big 12 for not knee-jerking and calmly waiting until we are closer to the season to make a decision. The ACC and Big 12 have both announced a decision time of late July, and the SEC will likely do the same.

Let's hope that even if the ACC and/or SEC decide to go conference-only that they will make an exception for the Palmetto Bowl and the other 3 big inter-conference rivalry games. Because of the Pac-12's decision, Notre Dame and USC will not play for the first time since World War II. They have played every year since 1926 except for '43-'45 because of the war. Notre Dame will also lose their game with Stanford, another regular foe for the Irish. That game had been played for 30 of the last 32 years. USC's other big non-conference game against Alabama in Dallas to kick off the season is now off the books.

Ironcially, the Pac-12 announced at the same time that Commissioner Larry Scott has contracted the virus.