Turkey with a side of football? B1G reportedly considering starting football season week of Thanksgiving
You may get a side of B1G football with your turkey and mashed potatoes this year, after all.
According to a report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the B1G is considering starting the 2020-21 college football season the week of Thanksgiving — more than a month earlier than it’s previous plan to begin in early January. It’s unclear how much momentum this idea has around the conference.
With more efficient ways of testing becoming more cost-effective over the last few weeks, it may help address some of the B1G’s concerns about playing a season during a pandemic. On Aug. 11, it became the first Power 5 league to back out of the fall football season.
Currently, six FBS conferences are planning to move forward with a fall schedule.
It had been previously reported by Blue and White Illustrated that the B1G was looking at an eight-game model for the revised football season, beginning the week after Jan. 1, 2021. The outline reportedly will have no on-campus games, with domed stadiums in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Detroit, St. Louis and Syracuse being potential host sites, per the Columbus Dispatch.
The B1G was also considering hosting a B1G Championship Game between the two highest-finishing teams and potentially setting up a Rose Bowl Game between the B1G champion and the Pac-12 winner.
There have been no concrete plans announced at this time. However, it seems like there are plenty of ideas being pitched at the moment.