Game On: Big Ten Votes To Return to Play Football In October

By Matthew Filipovits on September 16, 2020 at 9:19 am
Sep 14, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lion players sing their alma mater after defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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Update 9:21 AM

The Big Ten will officially be kicking off the season on October 24. The full announcement can be found here.

Over a month after the initial decision to postpone the 2020 Big Ten football season, the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors have reversed course and the conference will kick off the season on the weekend of October 24, per Yahoo's Pete Thamel. Daily rapid testing appears to be the main reason the Big Ten felt comfortably reversing course.

Last Saturday, the league's medical committee presented their plan to safely return to play to a steering committee of eight presidents and chancellors, who then decided to push the presentation through to the whole committee for a vote. It is possible that some schools still opt out of the season, even though the broader Big Ten will return to play.

The decision comes after weeks of backlash and frustration from just about every coach or program in the conference, with Scott Frost, Ryan Day, James Franklin, and Jim Harbaugh being some of the biggest names to voice their displeasure in the weeks since the rest of the conferences began to play. 

In all likelihood, there will be an eight-game, conference-only season, culminating with the Big Ten Championship Game in December. The conference would be eligible for the College Football Playoff, something the Nittany Lions still have their eyes on despite the loss of Micah Parsons and the rumored opt-out of Pat Freiermuth.

The Nittany Lions have been on the practice field for the past few weeks, as they have been allowed up to 20 hours a week of work this fall. Fall Camp 2.0 should get started in the coming days, with an official schedule and more information about health and safety protocols likely being announced before that.

Games will be played in the team's home stadiums, as opposed to the weekend bubble ideas that have been floated around over the past few weeks. As of right now, it looks like no fans will be in attendance, with the exception of player's families. That could change as we get closer to kickoff.

An official announcement is expected later today. Be sure to stick with Roar Lions Roar throughout the day to stay up to date on all things relating to the Big Ten's return.

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