The calendar is about to turn over into August. Normally, we would be running previews on the team, position-by-position, talking about breakout players and analyzing the schedule. right now, sports writers across America are struggling to find anything worthwhile to write about because, what the heck is going on?
The latest information out of conferences is that some Power 5 conferences will play conference only schedules, some are mulling a Conference + One model and the Big 12 has consistently been silent, offering no real guidance or hope.
Information has been rumored that all Power 5 schools may play conference only, with conferences holding around a “bubble”; playing games in a designated area at a few designated sites. The Big 12 has been rumored to play in Texas, specifically in Dallas. Is it true? I have no idea.
Then comes this information.
Per Commish @BobBowlsby, Big 12 is considering a conference-only slate that starts Week 0 and ends December 12 (10-11 games; 16 wks).— Laine Higgins (@lainehiggins17) July 28, 2020
Preference is still 12 games as scheduled, though Board of Directors not expected to make a decision until at least next Monday.
What the heck does this mean? The Big 12 only has 10 teams, so if we do a conference-only schedule, the West Virginia Mountaineers will only play 9 games. 9 games in 16 weeks is almost enough to play a game every other week. But if you want more games, are you making the Mountaineers play a team twice? Do we get to play Kansas twice? What about Oklahoma?
But what happens if a team in the Big 12 (likely Oklahoma Sooners) go 9-0. Do we play a conference championsihp game? Do they make the playoffs? Can there even be playoffs?
What about the SEC and the ACC? They have more teams, but they still only have 8 or 9 conference games. Does Alabama have to play Auburn twice? What about LSU? What about Clemson? How does any of this work?!
The Big 12 isn’t the only entity who has no clue what is going on. NCAA Mark Emmert, the guy who runs this sport, recently just said that he has no idea how many can make the playoffs for FCS this year.
We’ve had months to figure this out. The minute sports and communities got shut down, NCAA needed to be working on figuring this out. Instead everyone has sat around hoping it would go away by now and they would have things back to normal. I, personally, always follow a quote I heard on one of my favorite movies (The Bourne Ultimatium) “Pray for the best, plan for the worst”. Nobody planned for the worst.