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Big Ten planning to have football season beginning in October

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The Big Ten will be playing football this fall.

NCAA Football: Buffalo at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The Big Ten has finally made a decision on whether or not they will play football this season, as the conference announced a start date of the weekend of October 24.

The conference would be playing eight games, significantly less than the SEC, Big 12, and ACC, in an attempt to finish their season before the December 20 date for the College Football Playoff.

The decision to go ahead and play comes with strict coronavirus testing protocol, the conference announced.

“The Big Ten will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through point of contact (POC) daily testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test.

“All COVID-19 positive student-athletes will have to undergo comprehensive cardiac testing to include labs and biomarkers, ECG, Echocardiogram and a Cardiac MRI. Following cardiac evaluation, student-athletes must receive clearance from a cardiologist designated by the university for the primary purpose of cardiac clearance for COVID-19 positive student-athletes. The earliest a student-athlete can return to game competition is 21 days following a COVID-19 positive diagnosis.”

This leaves just the Pac-12 as the lone power 5 conference not playing or planning on playing.