College football schedules and cancellations: How each conference is approaching the upcoming fall season

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With the country continuing to battle the coronavirus pandemic, the state of 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.

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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 releases full schedule for 2020 football season: The ACC released its full football schedule on Thursday, with Notre Dame hosting Duke in Week 1 on Sept. 12 in a unique setup that will feature the Irish playing a league slate for the first time.

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.

Big 12

Big 12 intent on playing, revises schedule: The Big 12 on Aug. 12 said it will continue moving forward with the intent of playing football in the fall. The league also released a revised football schedule. Teams will still play their "9-plus-1" schedules, with nine conference games and one nonconference game, but the start of the conference season will be delayed until Sept. 26. The schedule includes two off weeks for every team, to allow for flexibility in the instance that games must be postponed. The Big 12 championship game also has a flexible date, scheduled for Dec. 12 or Dec. 19.

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.

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

Big Ten nixes fall season, eyes spring: Big Ten Conference presidents and chancellors voted Tuesday to postpone all fall sports seasons, including football, amid the coronavirus pandemic with the hopes of playing in the spring.

Games canceled: All games scheduled.

Conference USA

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 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.


MAC becomes first FBS conference to postpone football season: The MAC postponed all fall sports, including football on Saturday, Aug. 8. With the decision, the conference became the first FBS conference to opt out of playing this fall.

Games canceled: All games scheduled.

Mountain West

MWC postpones fall sports: The Mountain West is postponing its fall sports season because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the conference announced on Monday. The Mountain West is the second FBS conference to postpone football and other fall sports, joining the Mid-American Conference.

Games canceled: All games scheduled.


Pac-12 postpones fall sports: The Pac-12 CEO group voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone fall sports through the end of the year and will look at options to play in the spring, the conference announced. "The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis," said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott in a statement. The Pac-12's decision to cancel the fall schedule Tuesday follows the same decision from the Big Ten, which announced that it would cancel fall sports about an hour into the Pac-12's CEO group meeting.

Games canceled: All scheduled games.


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

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

Big Sky

No fall sports for Big Sky: The Big Sky's postponement of fall football on Aug. 6 made it one of the first leagues in the nation to scuttle football because of the coronavirus that has claimed more than 160,000 lives in the United States and about 750,000 worldwide. On Aug. 13, the conference postponed the rest of its fall sports as well.

Games canceled: All games.

Big South

Big South postpones fall sports: The Big South Conference became the latest FCS football league to postpone its fall sports seasons on Aug. 12 with the intent of playing in the spring, leaving three of the 13 FCS conferences with plans to play football and other sports this fall. The Ohio Valley Conference, Southern Conference and Southland Conference are the remaining FCS leagues that haven't postponed or canceled their seasons.

Games canceled: All games.

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.

FCS Independents

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.

Great West

Game canceled/postponed: TBD

Ivy League

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.

Missouri Valley

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;

Northeast Conference

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.

Ohio Valley

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

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.

Southern Conference

Games canceled: South Carolina State at Wofford; Princeton at VMI; Elon at The Citadel.

Games postponed: Chattanooga at James Madison.

Southland Conference

Southland opts for spring slate: The Southland Conference has postponed football until the spring but will allow its members to play nonconference games this fall if they wish. The FCS playoffs will not be played this fall after coming up short of the 50% requirement of teams to participate.

Games canceled: All conference games.


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.