Following a whirlwind couple of days on the news front where the Big Ten cancelled their season, then didn’t, then did again, and Nebraska and Iowa were both very upset about the decision, the Big 12 was placed in a curious position. It ended up becoming the linchpin holding the fate of the 2020 college football season in its hands.
Per various reports, the SEC and ACC both were interested in playing football this fall, but had the Big 12 followed the Big Ten and Pac-12 in cancelling their football seasons, those two conferences would have had difficulty justifying playing a season when more than half of the Power Five had already decided not to play.
Last night, it was announced that after a meeting with conference and school administrators, the Big 12 would be moving forward with its plan to play football this September. As a sort of confirmation of that conclusion, the Big 12 released its fall football schedule, which has Iowa State now opening conference play at TCU in Fort Worth, rather than at home against Texas Tech as was originally scheduled.
Also of note, Iowa State no longer plays OSU and OU back-to-back, and includes a bye week before the Oklahoma State game.
This situation is certainly fluid, so things can change before September 26th, but as rumors of Nebraska essentially voluntarily opting themselves out of the Big Ten, possibly permanently, continue to swirl, we may see some significant changes in the near future.