The Pac-12's 2020 schedule is going to look a lot different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the conference became the second league to go with only conference games this fall. The Big Ten was the first domino to fall in college football's unusual offseason, with the Pac-12 following with schedule changes on Friday. The conference had several marquee non-conference matchups slated, including Alabama-USC in Arlington, Ohio State at Oregon, Notre Dame at USC, North Dakota State at Oregon and Michigan at Washington in Week 1. All of those matchups are canceled for 2020 but some will return in the future. The Pac-12 plans to release its updated schedule for 2020 in late July, but the COVID-19 pandemic could create more changes in the coming months. The 2020 college football season is going to look a lot different, and the decision by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to cancel non-conference games are likely the first of many changes.
Which non-conference games will fans miss the most in 2020? Here are 10 from the Pac-12 we really wanted to see:
Pac-12 Football: 10 Canceled Games Fans Will Miss in 2020
1. Ohio State at Oregon (Sept. 12)
The showdown between the Ducks and Buckeyes was arguably the top non-conference matchup of 2020. These two teams are slated to meet in 2021 in Columbus.
2. Alabama vs. USC (Arlington, Texas – Sept. 5)
This anticipated showdown between two of college football’s most storied programs won’t take place in 2020. The Crimson Tide and Trojans have no matchups scheduled in the future.
3. Notre Dame at USC (Nov. 28)
You have to go back to 1945 during World War II to find the last time Notre Dame and USC didn’t meet in the regular season.
4. Michigan at Washington (Sept. 5)
The clash between the Wolverines and Huskies was a huge Week 1 showdown and a good barometer test for both teams. Washington’s standout defense would’ve provided an opportunity for both Michigan quarterbacks – Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton – to state their case for the starting job. The Huskies’ rebuilt offense also would’ve been tested against the Wolverines in new coach Jimmy Lake’s first game at the helm.
5. BYU at Utah (Sept. 3)
The Holy War has been a one-sided affair in recent years, as Utah has claimed nine victories in a row over its in-state rival. The Cougars and Utes are slated to meet in 2021 in Provo but won’t play in 2022-23, before resuming their annual matchup in ’24.
6. North Dakota State at Oregon (Sept. 5)
Intrigue surrounded the nation’s top FCS team (North Dakota State) traveling to Eugene to take on Oregon. Additionally, the Bison feature one of the top draft prospects at quarterback for 2021 in Trey Lance. The matchup of Lance versus a standout Oregon defense would’ve been a good way to start 2020.
7. Stanford-Notre Dame (Oct. 10)
The Fighting Irish have won their last two meetings in this series against Stanford for the first time since 2007-08. These two teams are slated to meet on Nov. 27, 2021 in Stanford.
8. Oregon State at Oklahoma State (Sept. 3)
These two teams combined for 88 total points and 1,003 yards in last year’s 52-36 win by Oklahoma State. Another high-scoring matchup was likely in order.
9. TCU at California (Sept. 5)
The last time these two teams played produced a memorable Cheez-It Bowl in 2018. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait long for another meeting, California and TCU are slated to play next fall in Fort Worth.
10. Arizona at Texas Tech (Sept. 19)
These two teams played last season, with the Wildcats winning 28-14 in Tucson. A high-scoring game was likely this time around, especially with rising star Grant Gunnell under center for Arizona, along with the return from injury of Alan Bowman for Texas Tech.
Other Non-Conference Games Canceled
Colorado at Colorado State (Sept. 5)
UCLA at Hawaii (Sept. 5)
UCLA at San Diego State (Sept. 12)
Houston at Washington State (Sept. 12)
Colorado at Texas A&M (Sept. 19)
Utah at Wyoming (Sept. 19)
BYU at Arizona State (Sept. 19)
BYU at Stanford (Nov. 28)