Big 10 Reverses Course, Looks To Play This Fall
The Big 10 has taken the college football world on a roller-coaster ride this offseason. Amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic each league has been more and more reliant on conference leaders and school presidents to decide if and how athletics would be played.
The Big 10 was the first to announce it would hold a conference-only schedule, breaking away from the other leagues intent of staying unified. The Pac-12 shortly followed suit, opting for a conference only schedule.
Mere days after the Big 10 released its week-by-week schedule the conference announced it would forgo playing this year as the medical information was too concerning to hold a season.
There has now been four weeks of high school football in Alabama, college football is entering its third week of competition and the NFL just played its first full week.
Now the Big 10 wants back in. Led by coaches, athletic directors, players and fans, the Big 10 has appeared to reverse its decision to cancel the season and will now attempt to start on Oct. 17.
There has been no official word by the conference but Nebraska school President, Ted Carter was overheard on a hot mic saying he was preparing to announce Huskers and Big 10's football schedule later on tonight.
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh recently told reporters his team could be ready to play in two weeks time.
Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank reportedly said, "we will try to plan a delayed season."
An eight game conference season would conclude with a conference championship game just prior to the College Football Playoff Committee choosing its participants for the season.
If the conference indeed returns to play fall football, will an eight game season be enough to be selected to this years College Football Playoff?