USA TODAY: By opting to step back from this season over the health and safety concerns posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Big Ten and Pac-12 have fractured the existing postseason model and stoked doubts over whether the rest of the Bowl Subdivision can proceed with a season that ends with the College Football Playoff.
Already hampered by the absence of two major conferences, the fate of the season and its championship now depends on where the remaining Power Five leagues land.
One league in particular, the Big 12, has been painted as the swing vote — in charge of a momentous decision that could impact the thinking of the ACC, which would in turn influence the SEC.
By opting to step back from this season, the Big Ten and Pac-12 have raised doubts over whether this season can end with the College Football Playoff.
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