Earlier this year, three members of the Power 5 Conference partnered to discuss the possibility of playing a ‘plus one’ schedule. However, reports of a conference only slate continue to swirl as the College Football Season edges closer. The ACC announced an eleven game schedule which immediately put the ‘plus one’ format in jeopardy. Now it appears as though another member of the aforementioned three is following suit.
Currently, the SEC is toying with the idea of an eight to ten game schedule that would only include programs from within the conference according to Sports Illustrated and Ross Dellenger. Looking at the Oklahoma Sooners schedule, one name jumps off the page — the Tennessee Volunteers. If the reports are true, the SEC would join the Big 10 and PAC-12 in playing conference opponents only.
Collecting ten wins in this format would be quite the accomplishment regardless of the name attached to the league. With the OU/Tenn game in jeopardy, what are the other options being outlined by the program and more importantly, the Big 12 as a whole?
Taking the word of the sources relaying information to Brett McMurphy, those hoping for the Sooners would play a 12-game slate may need to curb those hopes. It’s now the most unlikely of options. If I had to place my money on a specific format for the 2020 season, it would undoubtedly be the ‘9+1’ option.
For now, Oklahoma is set to take the field on August 29th while hosting Missouri State in Norman. Two week later the Sooners are set to host the Tennessee Volunteers on September 12th. Will the situation change in the near future?