Arizona State University football schedule released, season opens with Territorial Cup

Arizona State University football schedule released, season opens with Territorial Cup

Arizona State University football schedule released, season opens with Territorial Cup

The new Pac-12 football schedule still has the Apple Cup on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The conference title game will be held in a home-hosted model for 2020.

USC will play UCLA and Arizona will play Arizona State in their September 26 openers, rather than in November as in most years. The Cougars, who are not members of any conference, will be forced to drop scheduled games against Utah, Michigan State, Arizona State, Minnesota, Missouri and Stanford.

The Pac-12 schedule will begin on Saturday, Sept. 26, the conference announced Friday.

Games that can't be played on their scheduled date can be made up in teams' bye weeks or in Week 12 (Dec. 12).

Teams can begin the 20-hour-per-week access period on this Monday and have the ability to begin training camp as early as August 17, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a media webinar Friday afternoon, although it's still to be seen how county and state health regulations would impact the potential start date.

"We're all making our own decision, but I think you're seeing everyone arrive at a similar place with its own nuance", Scott said. The conference athletic directors know this.

The schedule shift marks a drastic change from tradition.

The college football season was set to begin in earnest on Labor Day weekend.

With Aug. 17 as the common starting point, teams will have 40 days before the season begins.

Several Pac-12 schools, including USC, UCLA and California, are now operating under restrictions set by local authorities to slow the spread of coronavirus that prevent football teams from practicing.

Return-to-competition plans were determined following extensive consultation with the Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee, the league said. Full-blown preseason practices can open August 17 in the Pac-12. "If schools can't start then and can't get a safe on-ramp of preparation for the season, then we will re-evaluate like everything about this".

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