Pac-12 Targeting First Weekend In November To Start Football Season

Sep 18, 2020, 10:21 AM
Nick Ford and Orlando Umana vs. Oregon...
Utah Utes offensive lineman Nick Ford (55) before the Pac-12 Football Championship Game between the Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes at Levi's Stadium on December 6, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
(Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – KSLSports.com has learned that the Pac-12 has targeted November 7th as it’s preferred start date, according to a source close to the situation. However, significant hurdles still remain for the conference to stay on track for that date.

The majority of the conference agreed that they need six weeks to best prepare for a season, however, the schools in California requested eight weeks to prepare. California based schools have not been able to practice in groups larger than 12 because of COVID-19 guidelines.

The University of Utah has not had to deal with such restrictions. The Utah football team has been working out and staying in shape, with face coverings and social distancing, since the Pac-12 announced the postponement of 2020 fall sports on August 11.

Furthermore, schools such as Stanford do not have their players on campus. Rather, the Stanford Cardinal will be required to bring the playing group back to campus from all around the country. A five-day quarantine for the players who traveled would be required before the group can begin its 2020 fall season preparations.

Over the past few days, the dominoes have started to fall in favor of the conference and the probability is growing that the Pac-12 will play in 2020.

One of the biggest factors behind the conference getting its season off the ground is the new testing system and partnership the conference has created with San Diego based Quidel Corporation.

Quidel has designed a COVID-19 testing system that warrants results within a 15-minute span, the systems are expected to be on every Pac-12 campus by the end of September.

The Pac-12 coaches are anticipated to meet today at noon to further discuss the likelihood of playing a season in 2020.


  • Utah Utes Scoreboard

  • Utah Utes Team Leaders

  • Utah Utes Standings

Utah Utes

Cam Rising - Utah Utes vs. ASU...
Michelle Bodkin

Previewing Utah’s 2022 Schedule With Unrivaled: Arizona State

This week we will move back up to the early phase of Utah’s schedule with the fourth game of the season against embattled Arizona State on September 24th.
19 hours ago
Michelle Bodkin

Utes Turn Out For Ron McBride’s ‘I Love You Man’ Golf Tournament

Monday's 'I Love You Man' golf tournament was not only a prime example of the love McBride has for Utah, but the love Utah has right back for him.
2 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Utah, BYU Ranked Among Top SEC Non-Conference Games In 2022

On3.com listed college football games for the Utah Utes and BYU Cougars among the "10 best SEC non-conference games in 2022."
2 days ago
Cam Rising - Utah Utes - Rose Bowl Game...
Michelle Bodkin

Cam Rising, Clark Phillips III Continue Turning Preseason Heads

Over the weekend Utah quarterback Cam Rising was at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana where he reportedly shined, while Monday afternoon cornerback Clark Phillips III was named a Walter Camp Preseason All-American.
2 days ago
Michelle Bodkin

Mike Saunders Jr. Has Belief In Self, Utes

Mike Saunders Jr. transferred to Utah because he has a strong belief in himself that he can be "the guy" and not just "a guy" on a team.
3 days ago
Alex Smith - San Francisco Giants...
Trevor Allen

Alex Smith’s Daughter Diagnosed With Brain Cancer

Former Utah Utes and NFL quarterback Alex Smith's daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer in May, according to her family.
4 days ago
Pac-12 Targeting First Weekend In November To Start Football Season