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.
When (if?) Big Ten announces plan to play football, 1st option is to play 8 games in 9 weeks, starting Oct. 16-17, sources told @Stadium. B1G title game would be Dec. 19, day before @CFBPlayoff final rankings. If can’t start Oct. 16-17, B1G would push back to following weekend
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 15, 2020
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.
BREAKING NEWS?….UNL president Ted Carter held a press conference this morning for a major announcement w/ USSTRATCOM!
Also, VOLUME UP….Announcement on @bigten Big 10 Football may be coming today!
— FauxCoachWoodard (@FauxCoachWoodar) September 15, 2020
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.
— Minnesota Football (@GopherFootball) September 15, 2020
Though the league has not yet announced the return of fall football, it appears official news could break at any moment.