College football's 2020 season will be remembered for the uncertainty and lack of participation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following the Big Ten's announcement on Sept. 16 to start its delayed season on Oct. 24, along with the return of the Mountain West and MAC, just three FBS teams are sitting out this fall.
UConn was the first program to not play fall sports this fall, followed by the entire 12-team MAC on Aug. 8. Conference USA's Old Dominion and the entire Mountain West decided not to play fall sports on Aug. 10. The Big Ten and Pac-12 decided to cancel their fall seasons on Aug. 11 with the former reversing course a little more than a month later. On Sept. 24, the Pac-12 and Mountain West opted to return, followed by the MAC on Sept. 25. Here's a look at which teams have officially decided not to play NCAA football at the FBS level in 2020:
College Football Teams That Have Canceled Their 2020 Season
The Monarchs canceled their 2020 fall sports on Monday, Aug. 10. Old Dominion's football team finished 1-11 last fall and was under the direction of first-year coach Ricky Rahne. The new coach put out a statement following the canceled season.
New Mexico State
Schedule changes due to canceled games left New Mexico State with a thin schedule, and the program opted to cancel its fall season on Thursday, Aug. 13. The Aggies finished 2-10 in 2019 and were likely headed for another rebuilding year in '20.
On Wednesday, Aug. 5, UConn announced it would not play during the 2020 college football season. The Huskies were slated to begin their first season of FBS Independence after departing the American Athletic Conference.