The Big Ten and Pac-12 seasons will carry on into championship weekend, and now we know which matchups are on the schedule.
Let’s start with the Pac-12, which will host its championship on Friday night in Los Angeles at the Coliseum. The title game will now feature Oregon and USC after it was announced that Washington, the Pac-12 North champion, would be unable to take the field due to COVID-19 cases. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. locally, 8 p.m. ET.
Originally, the Pac-12 had a Oregon vs. Colorado game scheduled for Saturday in Los Angeles. The conference wanted to have its two divisional second-place finishers on hand in the case that either USC or Washington could not play. That quickly came to fruition, and now Colorado is currently without an opponent for this weekend.
Additionally, Arizona and Cal were initially placed together with a game time to be determined, but that game was canceled on Sunday night. Over the weekend, Cal had to cancel its game against Washington State after a player tested positive for COVID-19 and subsequent contact tracing decimated a position group. Arizona, meanwhile, just fired head coach Kevin Sumlin after a 70-7 loss to Arizona State.
Pac-12 Week 16 schedule
Games are scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19 (all times ET), other than the championship game.
8 p.m. (Friday) - Oregon at USC (FOX)
1:30 p.m. - Washington State at Utah (FS1)
8 p.m. - Stanford at UCLA (ESPN2)
9 p.m. - TBD vs. Colorado (FS1)
10:30 p.m. - Arizona State at Oregon State (ESPN)
Arizona at California: Canceled
Big Ten Week 16 schedule
Meanwhile in the Big Ten, there will be two games on Friday before Ohio State and Northwestern meet at noon on Saturday in Indianapolis for the conference title game.
All games are divisional crossover matchups, including two rivalry games that were originally canceled due to COVID-19 issues: Purdue-Indiana and Minnesota-Wisconsin.
Below is the full schedule:
4 p.m. (Friday) - Nebraska at Rutgers (BTN)
7:30 p.m. (Friday) - Purdue at Indiana (BTN)
Noon - Ohio State vs. Northwestern (FOX)
4 p.m. - Minnesota at Wisconsin (BTN)
5:30 p.m. - Illinois at Penn State (FS1)
7 p.m. - Michigan at Iowa (ESPN)
7:30 p.m. - Michigan State at Maryland (BTN)
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