With the decision, the MAC becomes the first FBS conference to postpone its football season. There was no announcement as to whether the conference would make spring football an option.
The NCAA announced on Wednesday it would direct each division to "safeguard student-athlete well-being, scholarships and eligibility", giving each level the opportunity to decide if it could meet the return-to-sport guidelines from the NCAA Sport Science Institute.
Facing significant financial losses without the ability to play more than a handful of non-conference games against Power Five opponents this season, the Mid-American Conference became the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to cancel its fall season on Saturday, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
The conference also took a hit when the Big Ten moved to a conference-only schedule: The MAC lost 11 nonconference matchups that cost the conference $10.5 million, according to the report. "We recognize just how meaningful these opportunities are to the student-athletes, coaches, and staff throughout our conference, and empathize that they won't be able to compete this fall for a Big Sky championship".
The Portland State Vikings play in the Big Sky, traditionally one of the strongest FCS conferences with Montana, Eastern Washington and Montana State. The NCAA last week said that the divisions have until August 21 to decide if fall 2020 championships would happen, with both Division II and Division III quickly making the decision to cancel.
Utah football ranked 20th in preseason Amway Coaches Poll
Over the last 10 years, WVU also finished a season ranked in the Coaches' poll in 2018 (22nd) and 2011 (18th). Coming off a 5-7 campaign in 2019, West Virginia received no votes in this year's preseason Coaches' poll .
The Big Sky has postponed their conference football competition to Spring of 2021, the league announced on Friday.
The sports affected by the postponement are men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's soccer, women's soccer and women's volleyball.
MAC schools have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, as the majority of their revenues for athletics come from university subsidies and student fees.
No decision has been made on winter sports at this time.
MSU had its first two games of the season canceled - a September. UM released a statement shortly after the PFL's announcement, staying that Morehead State meant to "obtain a waiver from the Pioneer League to play the Montana/Morehead State game as scheduled".