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Big 12 announces thresholds for canceling games

The Big 12 is prepared to cancel games if certain thresholds are not met.

Detail view of Big 12 logo as the Baylor Bears band plays on the field before Baylor plays the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Football Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 7, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

The Big 12 opens its 2020 college football season next week with one game of non-conference play, and that will be followed by a round-robin schedule with each team playing nine games against the rest of the conference.

On Friday, the conference announced the thresholds it has established for canceling games due to Covid-19. The league joined the ACC and SEC in continuing forward with a fall football season, but they will consider canceling or at least postponing games if a team does not have a minimum of 53 players available to play. Per the conference, the number is based on the entire roster, including all scholarship and walk-on players. The conference also announced the following:

“Additional minimum thresholds of available players were also established for offensive linemen (7), interior defensive linemen (4) and quarterback (1). Teams falling below any of these benchmarks, based on game week test results, could still elect to play as scheduled if so desired. Otherwise, upon approval by the commissioner, the game would be declared a no-contest if it cannot be moved to a later date.”

The same day as this announcement, TCU announced their matchup next week against SMU has been postponed due to positive Covid-19 tests.