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Big Ten reportedly considering eight-game schedule starting in October

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After Nebraska president Ted Carter spilled the beans this morning that the Big Ten is expected to return to action this fall, details of the conference’s anticipated change of heart are beginning to emerge.

This afternoon, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported that the league’s first option is to play an eight-game schedule beginning in October, with the entire season being played in nine weeks.

In this case, the first game would take place the weekend of Oct. 16, followed by the Big Ten title game being scheduled for Dec. 19, the day before the final College Football Playoff rankings.

If an Oct. 16 start date is too soon, the league is expected to push back to the following weekend.

Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported similar news, noting that “a proposal has been approved for the league to play its 2020 season this fall,” also adding that the latest proposal submitted to the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors featured an Oct. 17 kickoff and that each team would play eight games in nine weeks.

Earlier today, Carter told Nebraska National Strategic Research Institute Director Bob Hinson at a press conference that an announcement is expected this evening, accidentally uttering the words into a hot mic on the podium between them.

“We’re getting ready to announce the Huskers and Big Ten football tonight,” Carter told Hinson.

Afterward, the official Minnesota football Twitter account posted a trivia question for Golden Gopher fans asking when the team last started a football season in October.

Though the league has not yet announced the return of fall football, it appears official news could break at any moment.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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1 Comment for Big Ten reportedly considering eight-game schedule starting in October

  1. OldSchool606
    9:47 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    What if the Big 10 had a season & no one cared? In the SEC it just means more; so the SEC got it right the first time.