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Big 12 sets football game cancellation thresholds

With the start of the season a week away, the Big 12 Conference announced its football game cancellation thresholds on Friday.

The minimum number of players required to play a game has been set at 53.  The number is based on the entire roster, including all scholarship and walk-on players, according to a release sent out by the conference.

Additional minimum thresholds of available players were also established for offensive linemen (7), interior defensive linemen (4) and quarterback (1). 

Teams falling below any of these benchmarks, based on game-week test results, could still elect to play as scheduled if so desired.  Otherwise, upon approval by the league commissioner Bob Bowlsby, the game would be declared a no-contest if it cannot be moved to a later date.

The Big 12 schedule provides each team with two open weeks, plus the option to move the Big 12 Championship back one week to December 19 if needed. Open dates will be used for rescheduling games in the event a team does not have enough players to compete.

The non-conference portion of the Big 12 schedule kicks off Sept. 11-12, with conference play beginning Sept. 26.

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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and... Read more ›

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