Report: B1G still working out details for potential game cancellations
The 2020 season is going to look different in the B1G. Even though there’s finally some good news with the conference resuming play in October, there are still some issues that need to be worked out.
One of those details that’s being mulled over is how the league will handle potential cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns.
Wednesday, when the B1G announced its return, it also outlined what the 2020 schedule would look like. The season will entail nine games, all played in consecutive weeks, with the season ending on Dec. 19. That comes just one day before the College Football Playoff selection committee releases its final rankings for the year.
It provides no room for error for the B1G and no flexibility to reschedule games. And, if a delay is “inevitable,” as Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman suggests, it means that any games teams have to miss will be crossed off the schedule without a make-up date.
So, how will it be tallied? According to Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register, that’s still something the B1G is discussing.
“A question I wondered about B1G resumption: If a team can’t play, does that go down as a forfeit (one win, one loss) or no contest?” Leistikow wrote. “Big Ten tells me that’ll be discussed by ADs in coming days & weeks. Also, there will be ‘an amended tiebreaker procedure for the 2020 season.”
A question I wondered about B1G resumption: If a team can't play, does that go down as a forfeit (one win, one loss) or no contest?@bigten tells me that'll be discussed by ADs in coming days & weeks. Also, there will be "an amended tiebreaker procedure for the 2020 season."
— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) September 17, 2020
With over a month until the season start — and no schedule released at this point — the B1G has plenty of time to come up with a solution to that issue.