Big 12 announces adoption of ‘9+1’ football schedule

Roschon Johnson and the Texas Longhorns will play a modified schedule this year after the Big 12 announced teams will play a "9+1" schedule in 2020 (photo courtesy of

IRVING, Texas — The changes continue for the 2020 Texas football schedule … even if the specifics of those changes are not yet known.

The Longhorns’ 12-game schedule will become a 10-game slate after the Big 12 Board of Directors announced Monday that conference football programs will play a “9+1” schedule, taking on nine conference opponents and one non-conference opponent.

“I would like to salute the work of our university presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, coaches, medical advisors and administrators who have worked tirelessly and collaboratively during these extraordinary times,” Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement released through the conference office. “We believe this change provides the best opportunity going forward.  However, we will undoubtedly need to be flexible as we progress through the season in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead.”

Dates when teams will begin playing have not yet been established, but the start of the season is expected in the middle or latter part of September, with the assumption that each team’s non-conference game will be played before the start of games against Big 12 opponents.

The announced schedule also gives the conference flexibility to delay the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship game, which currently is scheduled to be played at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas

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