After initially announcing a stoppage of all sports until 2021, the PAC-12 has apparently reversed course and will play a seven game schedule starting November 6th, joining the rest of the Power Five conferences in participating in an abbreviated 2020 season.
According to a report coming from ESPN, the decision was made Thursday afternoon after a vote was held by the PAC-12’s CEO group, and will include a conference championship game to be played on December 18th. The teams will play their five regular division opponents, one crossover opponent, and reports are saying, a opponent to be determined based off of record the same weekend as the conference title game - essentially a flex opponent at the end. It has also been reported that the conference title game will be played at the home stadium of the team with the best record. We will likely see the schedule in a week.
And if curious, the #Pac12 champ game will be a home hosted model. Whoever has the best record gets the home game. If tied, it’s head to head, then the best record Vs next highest placed common opponent. It was noted in previous release on July 31 if want details.@Pac12Network— Yogi Roth (@YogiRoth) September 25, 2020
The Utes are coming off one of their most successful seasons in the PAC-12 era after winning the South division and competing in the conference championship, ultimately losing to Oregon and squashing their chances at a New Years Six bowl bid. As defending division champions, Utah will be poised to be one of the conference front-runners this season, and could be the first team to win the South division in three consecutive years.