The B1G will be returning to the field for the 2020 fall football season, but it will be implementing strict new policies to ensure the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches and staff.

On Wednesday, the B1G officially announced that it would be returning to competition this fall. The first weekend of the 2020 season is set to be scheduled for Oct. 23-24 with teams playing eight consecutive weeks and the B1G Championship Game scheduled for Dec. 19.

With that schedule, the B1G should be in the College Football Playoff conversation at the end of the season.

In the B1G’s statement, however, it outlined some strict protocols for the upcoming season. Here’s a look at some of the key items to keep in mind, as the conference makes a return to fall football:

  • All COVID-19 positive student athletes must wait a minimum of 21 days to return to game competition following a positive test.
  • If there’s a 5% team positivity rate or higher, the team must stop regular practice and competition for a minimum of 7 days.
  • Daily testing will begin September, 30, 2020.
  • All B1G student-athletes, coaches and staff will undergo daily antigen testing

With no built-in bye weeks, players or even teams could miss multiple games with positive test results. That will be something to keep an eye on as the season moves forward.

You can read the full release from the B1G here.