Big Ten Conference Announces Reinstatement of Football Season

The Big Ten logo is seen on the field before an NCAA college football game. The Big Ten conference recently announced their plans to start the college football season.

Charlie Neibergall

The Big Ten logo is seen on the field before an NCAA college football game. The Big Ten conference recently announced their plans to start the college football season.

Reno Misuraca, Writer

After Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren delayed the 2020 college football season for his conference, he was attacked all through social media and even had parents of some of the players protest in front of the Big Ten HQ. But, all of that is now laid to rest because the Big Ten has announced the start of their season. October 24th will be the first Saturday of the season and they will play a conference only schedule. This start time for the season is very significant. With the start on October 24th, the conference will have a championship game and has a shot to get a team in the College Football Playoffs. 

But with COVID-19 as the obstacle for not just college football, but all sports need to tackle, the Big Ten will have its own set of rules. One rule is that they will have daily rapid testing for the virus and will have a shortened eight game schedule. With that eight game schedule, there will be no bye weeks for teams and they will be playing three games less then other conferences. Those three games could affect a team’s chances in making high end bowl games and even the playoffs. Also, the schedule will be played only within the conference so teams will not be doing major travel and will stay within the local states.

In August, a vote was held with all of the Big Ten teams’ presidents. That vote ended with only three schools wanting to play football and the other 11 not wanting to. But, the new vote was unanimous to start the season. Because of all the success that the MLB, NFL, and the rest of the college football world has had, the conference decided that it is okay to play football. 

Now, this raises questions for the Pac 12 conference and what they will do. They are the only Power 5 conference to not have a scheduled season right now. If they decide to have a season questions will come with it like: when will the season happen? Because they haven’t decided on a date yet, they could be delayed until November and could be the latest start for them in the modern college football era.