Forget all of the rumors, speculation and complaining as the Big Ten has made it official: football will return on October 23rd-24th.
The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols and has voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020: https://t.co/b5yHShGb1D— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) September 16, 2020
Per the full press release:
The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition. The COP/C voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020. The decision was based on information presented by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a working group that was established by the COP/C and Commissioner Kevin Warren to ensure a collaborative and transparent process.
Every team will play and the season is expected to culminate in the Big Ten Championship game on December 19th. If you do the math, that means there will likely be an 8-week season without any sort of bye. It’s both rigorous and ambitious but hey, we’re talking about lost revenue here. We’ll have more as the details come out and as Iowa’s schedule is released but for now all you need to know is: Big Ten Football is Back.