After voting Tuesday evening to move forward with the 2020 college football season, the Big 12 announced an updated schedule Wednesday morning.
Teams will still be allowed a nonconference matchup, to be played either September 12th or 19th. For the Frogs, it will be a visit from Tennessee Tech on September 12th, giving them a buffer before Big 12 play begins.
Notable changes include the conference start date, with league games kicking off starting September 26th. For TCU, that means a visit from Matt Campbell and Iowa State, who will play the Frogs in Fort Worth.
Moving into October, the Frogs will head to Austin to matchup with the Longhorns on October 3rd, and will be back home to face Kansas State on the 10th.
After a bye, TCU gets the Sooners in Fort Worth ahead of traveling to Waco for a matchup with the Bears, followed by Texas Tech at home on November 7th. The Frogs will play two of their last three games on the road, traveling to Morgantown on November 14th and Lawrence after a bye week, on the 28th. They will close out the regular season on December 5th against Oklahoma State at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
The Big 12 Championship game will be played either December 12th or 19th, as the conference has built in some flexibility for its finale. Bowl and Playoff games are to be determined.
“The Board continues to believe that the health and well-being of our student-athletes must guide all decisions” commented Board of Directors Chairman and TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini. “To that end the Board has consistently relied on the advice and counsel of top medical experts to determine the viability of available options. Our student-athletes want to compete, and it is the Board’s collective opinion that sports can be conducted safely and in concert with the best interests of their well-being. We remain vigilant in monitoring the trends and effects of COVID 19 as we learn more about the virus. If at any point our scientists and doctors conclude that our institutions cannot provide a safe and appropriate environment for our participants, we will change course.”
The Big 12 also announced that student-athletes in high-contact sports will be privy to enhanced COVID-19 testing that includes three tests per week. Additionally, return to play protocols after positive occurrences will include an EKG, troponin blood test, echocardiogram, and cardiac MRI. Non-conference football opponents must also adhere to COVID-19 testing protocols that conform to Big 12 standards during the week leading up to competition.
Previously, TCU Athletic Director Jeremiah Donati announced that fans will be allowed in Amon G. Carter Stadium up to 25% of capacity. The conference has not made any ruling or announcement as far as fans in the stands is concerned at this time.
As the volleyball, soccer, and other schedules are announced, we will share that announcement as well.