The Pac-12 is also welcoming back men's and women's basketball starting November 25.
For the other winter sports, which include wrestling, swimming & diving, and women's gymnastics, their timeline for the return to practice is blurrier.
The Pac-12 made its decision to push the 2020 fall sports season to the spring of 2021 on Aug 11, just hours after the Big Ten made the same decision.
As far as football, the Salt Lake Tribune reports teams that do not make the championship game will still play on December 18, but against teams in the opposite division with the same divisional standing. In today's release, the Pac-12 says that it feels more comfortable now that the precautionary measures which are in place to keep students safe will be sufficiently effective at protecting the students.
The football schedule will be released in the coming days.
Even if the Pac-12 doesn't have a team worthy of inclusion in the four-team field, the eligibility component is important so it can be in position to collect the sizable payout.
So, despite summer uncertainty about whether a college football season would happen in any form, all major conferences will compete. That decision will be revisited in January, the conference said.
Be that as it may, the timetable the Pac-12 has set up allows it to be in the mix for the College Football Playoff. The Pac-12 announced early this month it had acquired daily COVID-19 testing for its members. At the time, there wasn't a belief that would be possible during the fall.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said that the Pac-12 has been basing their approach on "following the science, data and counsel of our public health and infectious disease experts", adding that "Our agreement with Quidel to provide daily rapid-results testing has been a game-changer".
Along with daily antigen testing, athletes will take at least one polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test per week.
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All of it is, at least for now, moot because the Pac-12 will be playing football this fall - albeit without fans in the stadiums.
The Southeastern Conference begins play this weekend, joining the Big 12, Atlantic Coast Conference and three others that have been up and running for weeks. When that didn't happen and the Big Ten faced significant pressure to change course, and eventually did, the Pac-12 was left to find a way not to be the only Power 5 conference idle in the fall.