Each team will try to play eight games in eight weeks, leaving no wiggle room during the coronavirus pandemic before the Big Ten Championship game on December 19. This date will also feature an additional inter-divisional match for each school, with teams ranked first. each division squared.
The Big Ten would end their season before the Dec. 20 selection day for the college football qualifiers.
The conference announced Thursday that it is reinstating the season after initially postponing the season on August 11.
After protests, petitions, letters from parents of players and even a trial of eight Nebraska football players, the conference felt comfortable enough to resume the season.
An important factor in this decision has been access to daily antigen testing and cardiac screening for the 14 Big Ten teams which will be used with new protocols throughout the season to ensure player safety.
“The main thing we focus on has been and always will be to ensure that the health and safety of our student-athletes is placed at the top of our list,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said at College. ESPN’s GameDay Saturday.
The Buckeyes are looking for another spot in the college football playoffs and another opportunity to compete for a Big Ten Championship. Ohio State will have one of his toughest tests in his second game when he travels to Happy Valley to play Penn State.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields reacts to the Big Ten schedule announcement and reassures safety precautions will be followed early in the season.
The last time these two players played at Penn State, crowds were a big factor with a sold-out stadium, but that won’t be the case this season without any public tickets sold during the season.
However, Penn State is hoping to ruin Ohio State’s chances in the playoffs and will end up playing in Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State to end the season.
The Buckeyes have one of the easiest paths to the Conference Championship game after that week two game with Penn State. Ohio State played Rutgers, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, then moved closer to rival Michigan.
The Wolverines will have a new quarterback in Joe Milton or Cade McNamara, and are going to have a tough road to a winning season. The Wolverines open in Minnesota, then play in rival Michigan State in Week 2, face Wisconsin in Week 4, Penn State in Week 6, and close Ohio State in the final week of the season.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has yet to beat the Buckeyes since taking over as head coach.
The teams vying for that spot in the Western Division Conference Championship game are likely to be Minnesota and Wisconsin. These two teams will face each other in week six, which could be a decisive game in deciding which team will represent their division in this final game.
The Cornhuskers have one of the toughest schedules of any Big Ten team, starting with the Buckeyes, followed by Wisconsin, Northwestern and Penn State.