It’s now official. The Big Ten has announced that the league will have conference-only games for fall sports, including men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.
It’s probably just a matter of time until other leagues follow suit.
The first major shoe to drop with the 2020 college football season being delayed is happening within the Big Ten.
According to The Athletic reporter Nicole Auerbach, the Big Ten is expected to change 2020 football schedules to feature only conference games.
The Big Ten is expected to announce today that it will go with a conference-only football schedule for this fall, a person with direct knowledge situation tells @TheAthleticCFB.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 9, 2020
That means the Big Ten, which typically plays nine conference games, could have three additional conference games in 2020. There are 14 teams in the league, so it could easily have a 12-game schedule with just conference games.
Or, perhaps the league will just play 8-9 games, which is probably the smarter since that’s less chances for games to be affected by COVID-19.
Since the Big Ten is a Power 5 conference, we should probably expect leagues like the SEC to follow suit. That means games like Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals would not happen in the 2020 season.
But at this point, it feels like we’ll be lucky to see any college football games in 2020.