Big Ten Football Season Begins Oct 24

Big Ten Football Season Begins Oct 24

League Council Determines it Safe to Play

In a reverse decision, the Big Ten announced Wednesday that the football season will resume the weekend of Oct. 24.

On Aug. 11 the Big Ten & Pac-12 cancelled all fall sports , including football, because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The league’s presidents and chancellors voted 11-3 to postpone, with only Nebraska, Ohio State and Iowa electing to proceed. A vote to play a fall season would require at least 60% of the presidents and chancellors (nine or more).

The league’s entire council of presidents and chancellors met for several hours Sunday afternoon with members of the return-to-competition task force, which plans for scheduling and television.

The Big Ten medical subcommittee reviewed the latest medical information about a safe resumption of play during the coronavirus pandemic, and the task force also met Saturday with eight presidents or chancellors, including Nebraska chancellor Ronnie Green.

Six Big Ten teams appeared in the AP preseason football poll, including No. 2 Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State.

The Pac-12 remains the only Power 5 Conference that remains committed to not playing football this fall.