The first domino of the 2020 college football season happened Thursday when the Big Ten announced it would play a conference-only schedule. COVID-19 forced the conference’s hand to make its decision earlier than expected.

Following the Big Ten’s announcement, reports surfaced that the Pac-12 and ACC were likely to follow, although no official announcements have been made. Many media members have speculated that every Power 5 conference will eventually make the decision of a conference-only 2020 season.

Alabama’s opener against Southern California is scheduled to be played on September 5 in Arlington, Texas, and Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne was asked about the non-conference matchup following the reports.

“USC AD Mike Bohn and I are in regular contact,” Byrne said, via’s Michael Casagrande. “Our current plan is to play the game.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey responded to the Big Ten’s surprising decision Thursday, saying the SEC will continue to meet regularly to make the best decision for players, teams and the conference. In other words, the conference isn’t close to making its final decision yet; so, the Alabama-USC game is still on as of now.