As our nation continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, the state off the college football season remains uncertain, and a standard fall schedule seems unlikely as the season approaches. Each conference has put together a plan for the upcoming season, but as the news changes, so will the college football landscape. Here are the latest updates from the college football world.
Football Bowl Subdivision
American Athletic Conference
American Athletic Conference approves 8+4 schedule for 2020: The American Athletic Conference approved an eight-game conference schedule with the ability to play up to four nonconference games.
AAC will require testing before games: The AAC announced that it will require coronavirus testing for teams at least 72 hours before football games. The protocol will be in place throughout the regular season and bowl season.
Games canceled: Entire UConn schedule; Cincinnati at Nebraska; Norfolk State at East Carolina; Houston at Washington State; Memphis at Purdue; Bethune-Cookman at South Florida; Rutgers at Temple; Tulane at Northwestern; Florida A&M at UCF.
Games postponed: Notre Dame at Navy (in Ireland); Lafayette at Navy.
ACC announces 11-game schedule, Notre Dame included: The ACC set an 11-game schedule on July 29 that features 10 conference games and one nonconference game. Notre Dame is included in the the schedule and will be eligible for the ACC championship game. There will be no divisions during the 2020 fall season, which is set to begin Sept. 12.
Games canceled: Purdue at Boston College; Holy Cross at Boston College; South Carolina at Clemson; Florida at Florida State; Georgia Tech at Georgia; Kentucky at Louisville; Wagner at Miami, Miami at Michigan State; Auburn at North Carolina; Mississippi State North Carolina State, Syracuse at Rutgers, Colgate at Syracuse; Georgia at Virginia, Penn State at Virginia Tech.
Games postponed: Elon at Duke; at North Carolina State; James Madison at North Carolina; Richmond at Pittsburgh; Villanova at Wake Forest.
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games up in the air: The status of the three Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games, one of which features West Virginia, remains uncertain as the ACC, Big 12 and SEC continue to weigh the options pertaining to the upcoming season.
Big 12 OKs scheduling model: The Big 12 presidents and chancellors on Aug. 3 approved a scheduling model that will include nine conference games plus one nonconference game. In a release, the conference said it expected to solidify a start date for league play in the coming weeks, but is anticipating mid-to-late September.
Games canceled: Iowa State at Iowa; Oregon State at Oklahoma State; TCU at California; Texas Tech at Arizona; Maryland at West Virginia.
Games postponed: New Hampshire at Kansas; Prairie View A&M at TCU; Alcorn State at Texas Tech.
Big Ten announces conference-only schedule: The Big Ten will play a 10 game conference-only schedule that begins Labor Day weekend and includes ample flexibility, the league announced Wednesday morning.
Games canceled: Illinois State at Illinois; UConn at Illinois; Bowling Green State at Illinois; Western Kentucky at Indiana; Ball State at Indiana; Indiana at UConn; UNI at Iowa; Iowa State at Iowa; Northern Illinois at Iowa; Towson at Maryland; Northern Illinois at Maryland; Maryland at West Virginia; Michigan at Washington; Ball State at Michigan; Arkansas State at Michigan; Michigan State at BYU; Toledo at Michigan State; Miami at Michigan State; FAU at Minnesota; Tennessee Tech at Minnesota; Minnesota at BYU; Central Michigan at Nebraska; South Dakota State at Nebraska; Cincinnati at Nebraska; Bowling Green State at Ohio State; Ohio State at Oregon; Buffalo at Ohio State; Kent State at Penn State; Penn State at Virginia Tech; San Jose State at Penn State; Memphis at Purdue; Air Force at Purdue; Purdue at Boston College; Monmouth at Rutgers; Syracuse at Rutgers; Rutgers at Temple; Southern Illinois at Wisconsin; Appalachian State at Wisconsin; Notre Dame at Wisconsin.
Games canceled: Norfolk State at Charlotte; FAU at Minnesota; Western Kentucky at Indiana.
Games postponed: Stony Brook at Florida Atlantic; Prairie View at Louisiana Tech; Hampton at Old Dominion; Jacksonville State at Southern Mississippi; Alabama A&M at UAB; Grambling at UTSA
UConn first FBS team to cancel football season: UConn, which last month officially left the American Athletic Conference, announced Wednesday that it’s suspending its football program for the 2020 season season because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Games canceled: Bucknell at Army; Princeton at Army; BYU at Utah; Michigan State at BYU; BYU at Arizona State; BYU at Minnesota; BYU at Stanford; North Carolina A&T at Liberty; New Mexico State at UCLA; Notre Dame at Wisconsin; Stanford at Notre Dame; Notre Dame at USC; UConn at Illinois; Indiana at UConn.
Games postponed: Texas Southern at New Mexico State; Notre Dame at Navy (in Ireland); Maine at UConn; Albany at UMass.
Games canceled: Ball State at Michigan; Ball State at Indiana; Bowling Green State at Ohio State; Bowling Green State at Indiana; Buffalo at Ohio State; Central Michigan at Nebraska; Central Michigan at Northwestern; Kent State at Penn State; Northern Illinois at Maryland; Northern Illinois at Iowa; North Carolina Central at Ohio; Toledo at Michigan State; Stony Brook at Western Michigan.
Games postponed: Maine at Ball State; Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Miami (Ohio); Rhode Island at Northern Illinois.
MWC plans 8-game conference schedule: The Mountain West announced plans to have its football teams play an eight-game conference schedule and up to two nonconference games, starting Sept. 26. The Mountain West championship game, scheduled for Dec. 5 at the site of the division winner with the best record, would be pushed back to Dec. 12 or 19.
Games canceled: Air Force at Purdue; Colorado at Colorado State; Colorado State at Oregon State; Fresno State at Colorado; Hawaii at Arizona; UCLA at Hawaii; Fordham at Hawaii; Hawaii at Oregon; New Mexico at USC; San Diego State at UCLA; San Jose State at Penn State; California at UNLV; Arizona State at UNLV; Washington State at Utah State; Utah State at Washington; Utah at Wyoming.
Pac-12 approves a 10-game, conference only schedule: This was put in place by the Pac-12 on July 31. There is “built-in flexibility” included in the schedule, which is set to begin Sept. 26. The decision came after the Big Ten announced its 2020 football schedule would be conference only. All of the Pac-12’s nonconference games have been canceled, including Ohio State at Oregon and USC vs. Alabama in Arlington, Texas.
Games canceled: Northern Arizona at Arizona State; Arizona State at UNLV; BYU at Arizona State; Hawaii at Arizona; Portland State at Arizona; Arizona at Texas Tech; California at UNLV; TCU at California; Cal Poly at California; Colorado at Colorado State; Fresno State at Colorado; Colorado at Texas A&M; North Dakota State at Oregon; Ohio State at Oregon; Hawaii at Oregon; Oregon State at Oklahoma State; Colorado State at Oregon State; Portland State at Oregon State; William and Mary at Stanford; Stanford at Notre Dame; BYU at Stanford; New Mexico State at UCLA; UCLA at Hawaii at UCLA; UCLA at San Diego State; USC vs. Alabama (in Arlington, Texas); New Mexico at USC; Notre Dame at USC; BYU at Utah; Montana State at Utah; Utah at Wyoming; Michigan at Washington; Sacramento State at Washington; Utah State at Washington; Washington State at Utah State; Houston at Washington State; Idaho at Washington State.
SEC announces 10-game conference only schedule: On July 20, the SEC presidents and chancellors announced the plan to play a 10 game conference-only schedule that will begin on Sept. 26. The decision means SEC schools will play two more conference games than the normal eight-game conference schedule.
Games canceled: Alabama vs USC (in Arlington, Texas), Georgia State at Alabama, Kent State at Alabama, Tennessee-Martin at Alabama; Nevada at Arkansas, Arkansas at Notre Dame, Charleston Southern at Arkansas, Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas; Alcorn State at Auburn, North Carolina at Auburn, Southern Miss at Auburn, UMass at Auburn; Eastern Washington at Florida, South Alabama at Florida, New Mexico State at Florida, Florida at Florida State; Georgia at Virginia, East Tennessee State at Georgia, Louisiana-Monroe at Georgia, Georgia Tech at Georgia; Eastern Michigan at Kentucky, Kent State at Kentucky, Eastern Illinois at Kentucky, Kentucky at Louisville; Texas-San Antonio at LSU, Texas at LSU, Rice at LSU, Nicholls at LSU; New Mexico at Mississippi State, Tulane at Mississippi State, Mississippi State at North Carolina State, Alabama A&M at Mississippi State; Central Arkansas at Missouri, Eastern Michigan at Missouri, Missouri at BYU, Louisiana at Missouri; Baylor at Ole Miss, Southeastern Missouri at Ole Miss, UConn at Ole Miss, Georgia Southern at Ole Miss; Coastal Carolina at South Carolina, Eastern Carolina at South Carolina, Wofford at South Carolina, South Carolina at Clemson; Charlotte at Tennessee, Tennessee at Oklahoma, Furman at Tennessee, Troy at Tennessee; Abilene Christian at Texas A&M, North Texas at Texas A&M, Colorado at Texas A&M, Fresno State at Texas A&M; Mercer at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt at Kansas State, Colorado State at Vanderbilt, Louisiana Tech at Vanderbilt.
Sun Belt announces schedule model: The Sun Belt approved a football schedule that features eight conference games and up to four nonleague games. The season will begin during the first week of September. It will maintain normal divisions and is scheduling its championship game for Dec. 5, but it can be moved to another date.
Games canceled: Morgan State at Appalachian State; Appalachian State at Wisconsin; Howard at Arkansas State; Arkansas State at Michigan State; Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Troy.
Games postponed: Grambling at South Alabama.
Football Championship Subdivision
Games canceled: Sacramento State at Washington; Montana State at Utah; Portland State at Arizona; Portland State at Oregon State; Idaho at Washington State; Cal Poly at California; Northern Arizona at Arizona State.
Games canceled: Monmouth at Rutgers; Fordham at Monmouth; Point University at Kennesaw State; Davidson at Campbell; Howard at Hampton; Presbyterian College at Johnson C. Smith.
Games postponed: Monmouth at Albany; Monmouth at Maine; Monmouth at Hampton; Alabama State at Kennesaw State; Hampton at Kennesaw State; Charleston Southern at Hampton; Campbell at Elon; Campbell at Hampton; Virginia Union at Hampton; Old Dominion at Hampton; Fort Valley State at Hampton; Gardner-Webb at Hampton; Hampton at North Alabama; Charleston Southern at Hampton.
Colonial Athletic Association
Colonial Athletic Association cancels season: The CAA announced that it is canceling the 2020 football season. Teams in the conference will be allowed to pursue independent schedules.
Games canceled/postponed: All games scheduled have been canceled.
Robert Morris reschedules: Hawaii filled a gap in its schedule due to the ongoing coronavirus with a Sept. 26 game with Robert Morris. Robert Morris is an FCS Independent for the 2020 season as it prepares to join the Big South in 2021.
Games canceled: Holy Cross at Merrimack.
Games postponed: Merrimack at New Hampshire; Merrimack at James Madison.
Game canceled/postponed: TBD
Ivy League sets the trend: The Ivy League announced on July 8 that all fall sports, including football, will not compete in 2020. The decision by the conference at the start of the month was the first major decision about fall sports by any conference in the country, with regard to the coronavirus pandemic.
Games canceled/postponed: All games scheduled have been canceled.
MEAC suspends all fall sports: The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference suspended all fall sports for an indefinite period on July 16. The conference has not ruled out playing football in the spring.
Games canceled/postponed: All schedules postponed indefinitely. Possible spring season.
Games canceled: South Dakota State at Nebraska; North Carolina A&T at North Dakota State; North Dakota State at Oregon; Northern Iowa at Iowa; Illinois State at Illinois; Southern Illinois at Wisconsin;
Games canceled: Central Connecticut at Yale; Lafayette at Sacred Heart; Sacred Heart at Penn; St. Francis at Richmond; Lehigh at Sacred Heart; Bryant at Fordham, Bryant at Brown; Brookville at Delaware,
Games postponed: Wagner at Central Connecticut; Sacred Heart at Stony Brook; Rhode Island at Bryant; Brookville at Lehigh.
Games canceled: Dayton at Southeast Missouri State; Tennessee Tech at Minnesota; North Carolina Central at Tennessee Tech; Southern at Tennessee State; Jackson State at Tennessee State; Clark Atlanta at Tennessee State.
Patriot League cancels fall sports: On July 13, the Patriot League announced it was canceling all fall sports, including football. The decision followed step with the Ivy League’s announcement in early July.
Games canceled/postponed: All schedules canceled.
Pioneer Football League
Games canceled: Georgetown at San Diego; Dayton at Southeast Missouri State; Dayton at Georgetown; Hastings College at Drake; Davidson at Campbell; Barton College at Davidson; Middle Georgia State College at Davidson; Georgetown at Marist; Marist at Cornell; Marist at Dartmouth; Ave Maria at Stetson.
Games canceled: South Carolina State at Wofford; Princeton at VMI; Elon at The Citadel.
Games postponed: Chattanooga at James Madison.
Games canceled: Mississippi Valley State at Nicholls; Mississippi Valley State at Sam Houston State; Stephen F. Austin at Alabama A&T; Northwestern State at Prairie View A&M; Houston Baptist at Texas Southern.
SWAC plans for spring football: The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced on July 20 it was postponing the 2020 football season.
Games canceled: All games are postponed for 2020. The conference is aiming for a season in the spring.