Report: Possibility of B1G playing conference-only schedule has 'momentum'
Not long after Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reported that one college football official believes the likelihood of a season in 2020 is still a coin flip, Austin Ward of Eleven Warriors confirmed that there is some serious momentum to alter the upcoming schedule.
Quoting Greenstein’s comments from earlier in the day, Ward stated the B1G is seriously considering a 10-game, conference-only schedule for the 2020 season. That scenario has been discussed many times, but it never seemed to pick up much steam.
“Decisions are still a couple weeks away, but the momentum for conference-only schedules is real,” Ward reported. “Multiple sources have indicated the Big Ten is looking at the possibility of a 10-game, league-only slate.”
Decisions are still a couple weeks away, but the momentum for conference-only schedules is real. Multiple sources have indicated the Big Ten is looking at the possibility of a 10-game, league-only slate. https://t.co/XcNYFAk42g
— Austin Ward (@AWardSports) June 17, 2020
Currently, teams in the B1G play 12 regular-season games, which includes nine conference contests. That 10-game, league-only schedule would mean schools in the conference play one additional B1G opponent but will have two fewer games in 2020.
There was no indication of whether or not there would be a B1G Championship Game and if it would be played in Indianapolis.
“Someone high up in college athletics just told me it’s 50-50 — at best — that college football is played,” Greenstein reported earlier in the day. “And the concept of large crowds come to games is ridiculous.”
No official decisions have been made at this time.
Earlier this month, the NCAA lifted its ban on organized team activities. Several schools across the B1G and the country have welcomed student-athletes back to campus with proper COVID-19 protocols and guidelines in place.