Saturday morning, football fans woke up to a stacked schedule of games. The Big Ten, SEC and ACC were all in action, but another Power Five conference joined them on the schedule. The Pac-12 teams were in action for the first time in 2020 — although two teams were not set to play. Cal vs. Washington faced a delay due to COVID-19. The other colleges, however, were set to kick off their respective shortened seasons.
When football fans saw the news, they immediately expressed excitement. The Pac-12 has the nickname of the "Conference of Champions," and many viewers expressed that something just seemed off when the teams weren't in action. They wanted to see Oregon State, Washington State, Utah, USC and the other teams get back on the field.
And Pac-12 football is back. This day is perfect— Drew Barton (@DrewBarton19) November 7, 2020
Pac-12 football back today.. Which means I get to fall asleep on the 930 games— DownTown Funkystuff Malone (@Leeziebabie) November 7, 2020
Pac-12 football returned on Saturday, bringing along a number of traditions. Some fans donned their team-branded socks and jerseys in order to send good vibes to their favorite players. Others made plans to drift in and out of the action while sitting on the couch for roughly 12 consecutive hours. These fans knew that they would miss some big plays, but they would still fall asleep happy.prevnext
Pac-12 football is also back. Everything's coming up Milhouse! https://t.co/CjlhvWDhsM— John Dunagan (@johndunagan) November 7, 2020
Biden won and Pac-12 football is back. What a day.— Mak (@makkkymak) November 7, 2020
Saturday was big for many fans of football and politics alike. Several expressed excitement about the PAC-12 returning and then immediately proclaimed that the morning was "perfect" after seeing that Democrat nominee Joe Biden was projected to win the 2020 Presidential Election. The ballots are still being counted, but he reportedly crossed the 270 electoral college threshold. These particular fans said that there was nothing that would ruin their Saturday.prevnext
🌊 Biden wins!
🏈 Pac-12 football is back.
👱🏼♀️👩🏻 My daughters are visiting from out of town.
🙏🏻 Life is so good right now.— Jeremy Conant 🦆🌹🌊🎵🐈 (@jeremy_conant) November 7, 2020
@JoeBiden has been president elect for 20 minutes and we already have PAC-12 football back.— Chris Abernathy™️ (@bobjoefive) November 7, 2020
Was there a "cause and effect" in play on Saturday morning? Some fans expressed this opinion after turning on their TVs. They said that Biden reportedly winning the 2020 Presidential Election made an immediate impact on the world of football, resulting in the Pac-12's return.prevnext
And the PAC-12 . . . refs . . . are back!— Shawn Mangano (@manganolaw) November 7, 2020
Pac-12 refs getting a season’s worth of flags in this game just in case there’s no more football next week.— Max Meyer (@TheMaxMeyer) November 7, 2020
Pac-12 referees have a certain reputation for blown calls and countless mistakes. According to many fans, this trend continued on Saturday with the conference's return and some confusing calls during the USC-Arizona State game. The fans expressed the opinion that the extra time off did not help the referees make any improvements to their eyesight or judgment, leading to angry reactions to each penalty flag or instant replay review.prevnext
High noon game for the pac 12!?
Dang. 9 am for them. But IT FEEEELS SO GOOD TO SEE THEM BACK.— Travis Richardson (@TravRichard) November 7, 2020
ASU vs USC to start off the PAC 12 season? Jayden Daniels vs Kedon Slovis on national TV at 9 am? PAC 12 IS BACK.— Bobby Murphy (@bobbymurphy2000) November 7, 2020
Considering that many teams in the Pac-12 are on the west coast or close to it, there is an expectation that the games will take place later in the afternoon and into the night. The first game did not follow this trend considering that USC vs. Arizona State began at 9 a.m. PT. Kickoff was early for many people, but they expressed the opinion that they didn't care. They said they were simply happy to see the conference back in action.prevnext
Thank god this is over so we can all go back to being friends again. PAC 12 after dark starts today— Rob Milota (@TheeRobMilota) November 7, 2020
PAC 12 Football is back and they announce Biden is president lmao.— Alex. 👋 (@Dubs408) November 7, 2020
The past week has been stressful for many people due to uncertainty about the presidential election. Many stayed up way past their bedtimes while waiting for any updates about Biden vs. Trump. Once news surfaced on Twitter that Biden was projected to win, his supporters reacted with happiness. Those that cheer for both the Democrat nominee and Pac-12 teams had extra reasons to express excitement.prevnext
This USC-ASU looks like a scrimmage, but I don’t care. Pac-12 football is back.— Mike Regalado (@MikeRegaladoLA) November 7, 2020
ASU scored first in the PAC-12 opener, on a weird looking field goal that looked like it was going to bounce back into the field of play. Then #USC recovered a muffed punt return and gave it back on a fumble at the goal line. #2020 still doing its thing.— USC Football News (@USCFootballNews) November 7, 2020
The first game on the Pac-12 schedule was full of mistakes, highlighting that the teams had a lot of time off prior to taking the field for the first conference game of the season. There were multiple fumbles and other issues, but the fans said that they didn't care. They just expressed excitement about the return of Pac-12 football.prev