By John Robbins
Big Ten Conference headquarters, located in Rosemont, Illinois, voted to start playing football on October 24th. On August 11th, the Big Ten schools’ presidents voted to cancel all fall sports, including football, with the hope of playing the season in the spring of 2021. After a weekend of rumors and reports, the Big Ten reversed their decision to cancel or postpone the football season.
The season will include nine conference games for every team. There will be eight “regular season” games with each team including an extra ninth game. The opponent for week nine will be a cross division opponent, seeded by their standing in their division. The last week of games will include the Big Ten Championship with the champion of the East and West Divisions meeting on December 19th.
Major conferences like the ACC, SEC, and Big 12 are playing football this fall with adjusted schedules. Some schools allow fans to observe games. At the Football Bowl Subdivision level, also known as FBS, three conferences have canceled their seasons. The Mid-American, Mountain West, and PAC-12 all canceled their seasons with the hopes of playing in the spring, the Big Ten alone in their option to reverse their decision. Big Ten fans should feel rejoiced at the return of football this fall. This season will look different, but it is better than no season at all.