The Big XII became the final Power Five domino to fall on Monday as Max Olson and Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic broke the news that the conference board of directors approved a plan for their member schools to play nine conference and one non-conference game for the upcoming 2020 season.
Sources tell me and @NicoleAuerbach: Big 12 Board of Directors approved plan to play 9 conference games and 1 nonconference game.— Max Olson (@max_olson) August 4, 2020
Shortly after, Horns247 writer Chip Brown reported that Texas will keep in-state foe UTEP on the schedule as their non-conference game, foregoing their scheduled season opener with USF on Sep. 5. There has been no official word from USF on this matter as of 10:24 p.m. Monday night.
The two non-con outings remaining the on the Bulls’ slate are the Sep. 19 home bout with Nevada and the Sep. 26 trip down to Boca Raton to face Florida Atlantic. The American Athletic Conference has yet to release its 2020 schedule plans in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, understandably waiting on the P5 before making a move.
The Bulls are/were (?) scheduled to make $1.9 million to go to Austin on September 5 to face the Longhorns. As with anything money-related, #ThereWillBeLawyers.
In case you're wondering, UTEP was scheduled to earn $1.4 million for playing Texas this year, per the game contract.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 4, 2020
We will update this space as more news becomes available. This is yet another unfortunate consequence to COVID-19 in 2020. Wear a mask.