Wednesday was a big day in the B1G with the conference announcing that it would reinstate the fall football season. Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz was excited by the news, and is looking forward to getting the Hawkeyes back on the field.

Not long after the B1G’s official announcement came on Wednesday, Ferentz joined Big Ten Network to discuss the conference’s decision. He admits that his team isn’t ready to play a game yet (why would it be?), but it’s great that there is now a plan in place to move forward.

“We are raring to go. We’re hardly ready to go, that’s a big concern I have right now. But just to get some clarity and be able to share with our players…that there is a specific start to the season, it was really good news to everybody,” Ferentz said. “We have other challenges in front of us now, but at least now we know what the plan is.”

That plan is for the B1G season to begin the weekend of Oct. 23-24, with each team playing nine games, with the season concluding on Dec. 19. It will be one day before the College Football Playoff selection committee makes its final decision on naming the four-best teams in the sport for a spot to compete in the national title.

Iowa is coming off a 10-3 season in 2020, but lost a lot of talent from last year’s team. Below is Ferentz’s full interview with BTN: