College Football Restart Schedule: When the Big Ten, Pac-12, MAC, More Will Come Back


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The timing of this college football season still feels strange, but by early November, almost every FBS team will have played its first game.

So, when is every conference coming back? We’ve compiled a list below.

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College Football Restart Schedule

Conference Start Date
Big Ten Oct. 24
Pac-12 Nov. 6
SEC Underway
Big 12 Underway
ACC Underway
MAC Nov. 4
Mountain West Oct. 24
Sun Belt Underway
Conference USA Underway
AAC Underway


The SEC never wavered in its commitment to play this fall and rolled out a 10-game, conference-only schedule that began on Sept. 26.

Big Ten

After originally postponing the entire season, the Big Ten decided to play a nine-game conference schedule beginning Oct. 24.

The setup is unique in that each team will play eight games, then one game on championship weekend against the team in the opposite division in the same place in the standings.

Big 12

The Big 12 is going ahead with its conference schedule as planned and even played some non-conference games. A handful have been canceled due to COVID-19 outbreaks on either side.


The ACC canceled non-conference games and added Notre Dame to the mix officially, at least for this season.


The Pac-12 looked least likely of any Power 5 league to play, but it decided to go ahead with a seven-game conference slate beginning Nov. 6.

We don’t have a full schedule yet for the Pac-12.


MACtion is back. The first league to postpone its season decided to come back in November as well and play primarily during the week, in true MAC fashion.

Sun Belt

Like the Big 12, the Sun Belt never wavered and played non-conference games as well. League play is underway now.


The AAC put together an eight-game conference schedule and allowed each team to play up to four non-conference games if they can find them.

Mountain West

The MWC will restart on Oct. 24, the same day as the Big Ten.

Conference USA

Like the AAC, Conference USA kept its eight-game conference schedule and allowed the teams to play up to four non-con games if they could find them.

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