The Big 12 hasn't announced a start date yet, but a huge obstacle to Oklahoma's scheduling calculus with Missouri State has now been cleared.
The Missouri Valley Conference is set to postpone their 2020 football season and attempt to move it to the spring of 2021.
The news was first reported Friday morning by 247Sports' Ross Uglem.
Uglem also indicated that the MVC will give its members the option to play previously scheduled fall nonconference games, which means that Missouri State could still play Oklahoma next month.
The conference is expected to issue an official announcement on the postponement of its season by Monday.
Missouri State has 600,000 reasons to get the game in with OU. That's how much money the Sooners are paying the Springfield university to come to Norman this fall. For an FCS program, that kind of payday can make a lasting impact on the entire athletic department budget for the fiscal year.
After going 1-10 last year, Missouri State is looking to kickstart the program under first-year coach Bobby Petrino. Petrino landed Southern Mississippi transfer quarterback Jaden Johnson, a former 4-star prospect, and has produced prolific offenses at such previous stops as Louisville and Arkansas.
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