The Big Ten conference releases its updated football schedule

The Big Ten conference releases its updated football schedule

A third-party laboratory will handle all tests. Teams are permitted to begin preseason practices this week. The Big Ten released its 10-game conference-only football schedule beginning as early as Labor Day weekend but cautioned there is no certainty games will be played.

Some stunning news of the day, at least for traditionalists, was the moving of the MI game from the last weekend of the regular season, November 28, to a Week 8 contest October 24 at Ohio Stadium.

"The past few months have entailed numerous conversations between my conference colleagues, Commissioner Kevin Warren and our Big Ten presidents, as we have worked to navigate the challenges associated with this pandemic".

The Terrapins will face the six other teams in the East division, as well as games against Minnesota, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Iowa. Before its schedule was reduced, Penn State already had plans to play Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers, and IN, as well as western teams such as Iowa, Northwestern, and Nebraska. Maryland plans to begin its season without fans in attendance.

It will be interesting to see which non-conference opponents every Big 12 team keeps on its schedules.

The Big Ten announced its approved plans Wednesday for the 2020 football season, which includes a 10-game, conference-only schedule beginning as early as September 3. "There's no guarantee that we will have fall sports and a football season, but we're doing everything we possibly can, that if we're so blessed to be able to have fall sports, that things are organized and done in a very methodical and professional manner". Big 12 schools have agreed to play one nonconference football game this year to go along with their nine league contests as plans for the pandemic-altered season continued to fall into place. Minnesota star receiver Rashod Bateman announced Tuesday he will not play this season and declared for the National Football League draft.

The Southeastern Conference and Pac-12 are playing 10-game conference-only schedules beginning September 26.

The Conference also published their summary of COVID-19 medical protocols ahead of the season, writing that they recognize there is no way to eliminate risk of coronavirus transmission completely, and saying ultimately each institution is responsible for the safety of their teams.

OSU players have been on campus since June when it was allowed to resume voluntary workouts and have been limited in the scope of what they can do since then. No cases were found in the school's two most recent rounds of testing.

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