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The Pac-12 on Friday set Sept. 26 as the start of its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, joining the Southeastern Conference in pushing back its season by nearly a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

© APWF FILE - This Aug. 29, 2019, file photo shows the Pac-12 logo at Sun Devil Stadium during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State in Tempe, Ariz. The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

The Pac-12 announced three weeks ago it would eliminate nonconference games to give its 12 member schools a better chance to manage complications and disruptions caused by the health crisis. The plan approved by university presidents adds an additional cross-divisional game to each team's slate and moves the conference championship game back two weeks from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18 or 19.

© APWF FILE - This Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, shows the Pac-12 logo during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State, in Tempe, Ariz. The Pac-12 has set Sept. 26 as the start of its 10-game conference-only football schedule. The Pac-12 announced three weeks ago it would eliminate nonconference games for its 12 member schools. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

The title game, originally set to be played for the first time at the new NFL stadium in Las Vegas, will now be hosted by the highest-seeded team. The two-year deal with Las Vegas will instead begin in 2021, Commissioner Larry Scott said.

Each team will have one off week built into its schedule and the weekend of Dec. 12 all teams are scheduled off so it can be used for potential make-up games.

The conference also plans to start the season with a couple of rivalry games usually saved for the end of the season: UCLA will face USC and Arizona meets Arizona State on Sept. 26 - if they can play.

The Pac-12 said the season is to ''commence on September 26 (normally Week 4), with the flexibility if necessary to commence on a later date if the situation warrants.''

California and Arizona have been among the hardest hit by a surge in COVID-19 cases over the last month.

Asked if he believed a college football season will happen, Scott said: ''I don't know.''

The Pac-12's schedule announcement is the third for a Power Five football conference in as many days, following the Atlantic Coast Conference and the SEC. The ACC said it would play 10 conference games and give schools the opportunity to play one nonconference game. The SEC, like the Pac-12 and Big Ten, is playing only within the conference.

Still to come is a reworked schedule from the Big Ten, which was the first major-college football conference to announce its teams would only play within the league, and a scheduling decision from the Big 12.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren sent a letter to the conference's athletic directors dated July 30 saying the conference would decide within the next five days whether its schools can start preseason practice.

The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, said the league expects new conference-only schedules for all fall sports to be released on August.

''While we remain hopeful for a start in September 2020, flexibility has been created within our scheduling models to accommodate necessary adjustments,'' Warren wrote. ''Consistent with our collective need to be adaptable to changes in circumstances and evolving medical knowledge, even issuing a schedule does not guarantee that competition will occur.''

The college football season was set to begin in earnest on Labor Day weekend. The NCAA is permitting teams to begin preseason practice 29 days before the date of their originally scheduled season-opener, which would be next week for most of the Bowl Subdivision.

Several Pac-12 schools, including USC, UCLA and California, are currently operating under restrictions set by local authorities to slow the spread of coronavirus that would prevent football teams from practicing.

Scott said Pac-12 training camps for football can open Aug. 17.

''Everybody can start (fall camp) as early as August 17th but it's not my expectation that everyone will start or manage their 25 (practices) the same way,'' Scott said.

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Savannah Chrisley Sets A New Standard For Thirst Trap Birthday Photos With Hilarious Instagram Post

Savannah Chrisley showed off her humor on Instagram by sharing a silly photo on her birthday. The Chrisley Knows Best star opted for humor over sexiness with a double-photo update.

The first image in the series captured the reality star lying on the ground. She was wrapped up in a white blanket with pink stripes while a similar blanket was laid out on the floor. Only a portion of her tanned shoulders was able to be seen, and the rest of her slim figure was snuggled tightly in the blanket. Savannah was surrounded by several colorful balloons, including blue, pink, silver, and purple. Her figure was decorated with a banner that ready “Party In” in bold white letters that were strung along a string while there were a few poufs near her shoulder.

On her side, Savannah decorated a chalkboard that was outlined in gold. She used colorful writing to share a few facts about herself in honor of her special day, similarly to what parents do with babies in the first 12 months of their lives. Savannah shared that she is 276 months old, and she’s 5’7″ while adding that her weight is not anyone’s business. She also shared that she loves shiny objects and that she is allergic to BS. At the bottom of the shot, she wrote the date that the photo was posted, 8-11-2010.

Savannah wore her short, blond locks with a side part, and the majority of her mane was worn behind her head. To commemorate her special day, Savannah rocked a navy bow on the top of her head. The social media influencer also added a pair of diamond earrings to her look, which provided the perfect amount of bling.

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Wanted to set a new standard for “Thirst Trap” birthday photos ???????? #adultbaby (thanks for @erin_dugan for this photo! ????❤️)

A post shared by Savannah Faith Chrisley (@savannahchrisley) on Aug 11, 2020 at 7:00am PDT

The next image in the series captured an up-close and personal view of the chalkboard that was positioned on the same wrap as the previous image. Balloons surrounded the board, and in the caption of the post, she joked that she wanted to set the new standard for thirst trap photos, noting that she was an “adult baby.” Savannah also made sure to tag her friend, Erin Dugan, to credit her for snapping the silly shot.

As of this writing, the photo has only been live on Savannah’s page for an hour, but it’s already earned 103,000 likes and 2,400-plus comments. Most were quick to wish her a happy birthday while a few more complimented her humor.

“I am dying this is amazing!! Hope you have the most magical birthday girl,” one follower gushed with the addition of a few red hearts.

“Happiest bday, queen!!! Wishing you all the love, happiness and success you deserve. Praying this is your most amazing year yet,” another social media user commented.

“I pray this day is filled with the spirits of love, laughter, and shiny things! Happy bday sis,” a third chimed in.

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