By John Robbins
Big Ten Headquarters, Rosemont, Illinois – The Big Ten Conference voted to start playing football on the 23rd and 24th of October. 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 on football.
The season will include nine conference games for every team. There will be eight “regular season” games with each team and an extra ninth game with a cross division opponent. That game is seeded by their standing in their division. That 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 have fans in the stands at games. At the Football Bowl Subdivision level, also known as FBS, three conferences have canceled their season. The Mid-American, Mountain West, and PAC-12 all canceled with hopes of playing in the spring, the Big Ten being the only one to reverse their decision. Big Ten fans should rejoice for a fall of football that was close to not happening.