With MAC back on, just 3 FBS teams won’t play football this fall
The ACC and Big 12 are several weeks into their football seasons. The SEC gets underway Saturday. The Big Ten will now begin a season in October, which will be followed by the start of a new Pac-12 slate in November.
Now, the MAC is also getting in on the action. After being the first conference to cancel its 2020 season, the MAC has decided to reverse course and will play a season beginning in November. That means all 10 FBS conferences will be having a season this fall.
However, not every FBS team will be in action. As Brett McMurphy of Stadium pointed out Friday, there will be three of the 130 FBS teams still not playing in 2020 — UConn, New Mexico State and Old Dominion.
While the AAC is having a season, UConn opted to cancel its 2020 campaign last month. Old Dominion was in the same position, as Conference USA went on with its season while it decided to cancel. And New Mexico State is an independent school and opted to cancel its season.
Of course, even though conferences such as the Big Ten, Pac-12 and MAC have now decided to have seasons, their schedules will look much different than originally planned. Each will be playing against only conference opponents (like the SEC) and won’t be playing as many games. The Big Ten is planning to play eight games, the Pac-12 is playing seven and the MAC is playing six.
Although those schedules aren’t as long as they would be in a typical season, it will still provide fans with more football to watch this fall and bring more of a sense of normalcy with all the top conferences in action.