Pollard gives further details on Big 12/Iowa State scheduling plans

Sep 3, 2016; Ames, IA, USA; Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard watches the Cyclones pregame warmups for their game against the Northern Iowa Panthers at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard gave further details to the plans for Big 12 football in 2020 on Thursday when he released another letter to Cyclone fans.

Pollard said as of now the intention appears to be starting Big 12 football on Sept. 26 with the school’s one non-conference game being played on Sept. 12, which was originally scheduled to be the day of the annual Cy-Hawk game, but was rescheduled to a contest with Ball State.

He also noted that the Big 12 is reworking its 2020 schedule in order to build in further bye dates for the event in which games have to be moved due to positive COVID-19 cases. Pollard anticipates Iowa State will host the same teams it was originally scheduled to for games this fall, but the date on which those games take place remains up in the air.

Lastly, Pollard noted that they are working with all three of their scheduled non-conference opponents for this year in order to find the best-case scenario for that one non-conference game.

On Wednesday, the Mountain West, which is the conference home of UNLV, announced they will play an eight-game conference schedule along with one non-conference game.

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