Big Ten schools are reportedly in talks to start season in October

Tanya Simon
September 14, 2020

The Big Ten on August 11 initially postponed all the fall sports seasons, including football, because of concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

A little more than a month after pulling the plug on the fall football season, the Big Ten is apparently reconsidering the decision.

Sunday marked the second major meeting this weekend between the Big Ten's return to competition task force and university presidents and chancellors.

Another person involved in the Big Ten's return to play planning told AP that allowing schools to opt out of playing if the presidents do decide to give the go-ahead to a fall season has been discussed among the task force. The presentation included improvements in the availability of rapid, daily COVID-19 testing.

The Big Ten's medical subcommittee on Saturday made a formal presentation to the league's presidential steering committee, which features presidents/chancellors from eight schools.

The highest-ranked Pac-12 team, OR is one of three teams ranked from the conference, with No. 17 USC and No. 22 Utah also ranked and Arizona State, Washington and Cal receiving votes.

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College football in the Big Ten may be back in October, sources told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Ducks, who were No. 9 in the AP and coaches' preseason polls, were among the teams to drop entirely out of the polls this week due to their not playing this fall.

Momentum is building for the Big Ten to play football.

Still, if they act quickly Big Ten football could kickoff as soon as the weekend of October 17. Franklin's Nittany Lions were No. 7.

On the first Saturday of the football season that included Power Five teams playing, Big Ten teams were idle while athletic directors and university leaders were working on ways to possibly salvage a fall football season. While some Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference teams began their seasons Saturday, and more will next week, the Southeastern Conference is not scheduled to kick off until September 26.

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