The regular season is scheduled to end on November 21 with an open date for all teams on November 28, and the league championship game will be on December 5 with the option to move it back a week or two.
The football schedule begins on the weekend of September 5 with the last matches scheduled for November 21 to align with academic calendars. The Big Ten championship football game is scheduled for December 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium, although it may be moved until December 19. Pic.twitter.com/vWp3OSifBc
– Big Ten Conference (@bigten) 5 août 2020
Michigan and Ohio State will face off on October 24 – the first time since 1942 that rivals will not play at the end of the regular season. The Indiana-Purdue game, pitting rivals from opposing divisions, will take place on November 21.
The Big Ten have also announced medical protocols, including twice-weekly testing for COVID-19. The league will use a third-party lab to perform centralized testing and “standardize monitoring and pre-competition testing”.
On July 9, the Big Ten became the first FBS conference to reveal a general programming model, claiming that all of its fall sports, including football, would operate with a league-only slate. But the league had delayed announcing specifics for football as it assessed medical information on the coronavirus pandemic.
Maryland announced on Wednesday that they are preparing to start the season without spectators, but “we are hopeful that we may be able to accommodate some home fans as the season progresses and health conditions permit” .