Multiple reports: B1G reverses course, football season back on this fall
More than a month after postponing the college football season, the B1G has decided to reverse course and will attempt to play this fall. The conference made the announcement on Wednesday.
A fall season will start the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 24 and the B1G will play an eight-game schedule and all 14 teams will play. The B1G Championship Game is scheduled for Dec. 19.
The B1G will be in consideration for the College Football Playoff, which is set to make its final selections on Dec. 20.
Serious conversations began over the weekend, when the B1G medical subcommittee presented new information to the B1G Steering Committee, discussing a safe return to competition plan. Once that presentation was complete, the 14 B1G presidents and chancellors met on Sunday with the subcommittee to reconsider the course of action.
Though it took a little longer than expected, a decision to reinstate the fall season was eventually reached.
University of Nebraska President Ted Carter let the cat out of the bag on Tuesday morning, when he was caught on a hot mic saying an announcement would come later in the day. Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel was able to confirm that an announcement would be coming.
Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel reported that the season would begin on Oct. 24.
Per Potrykus, the biggest change is the availability of rapid COVID-19 testing. Concerns regarding myocarditis — the heart condition that can be fatal if left undiagnosed — have also seemed to be answered.
The B1G was the first Power 5 league to postpone fall sports, including the football season. Now, it joins seven other conferences in pushing forward with fall football. The three conferences still postponed are the Pac-12, MAC and Mountain West.