Report: B1G to announce conference-only football schedule for 2020
The B1G is expected to announce a conference-only football schedule for the 2020 season, according to a report from Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic. An official announcement is expected to come sometime on Thursday.
The idea of playing a B1G-only schedule has been discussed several times since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down sports back in March. The league has tossed out the idea of playing a 9 or 10-game conference schedule for the 2020 season.
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With this news, it would mean premier nonconference matchups — Washington-Michigan, Oregon-Ohio State, Penn State-Virginia Tech, Notre Dame-Wisconsin — would be canceled. There was no information on whether those games would be rescheduled.
The Big Ten is expected to announce today that it will go with a conference-only football schedule for this fall, a person with direct knowledge situation tells @TheAthleticCFB.
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) July 9, 2020
Along with eliminating the nonconference games, several programs within the B1G are preparing for limited attendance at stadiums across the league. Anywhere from 20-50 percent capacity is expected, based on current guidelines from health officials.
It’s also unclear what the B1G’s expected announcement means for a B1G Championship Game, postseason bowl games or the College Football Playoff.