UPDATE: The Big Ten will restart play the weekend of Oct. 23-24

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 5:09 PM EDT
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(WILX) - The Big Ten has confirmed it is scheduled to restart play on Oct. 23-Oct. 24.

Officials from The Big Ten have approved a plan for a condensed, conference-only football season. The news came in a press release Wednesday morning.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice and competition. The COP/C voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020. The decision was based on information presented by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a working group that was established by the COP/C and Commissioner Kevin Warren to ensure a collaborative and transparent process.

The new schedule will allow the Big Ten enough time to be eligible for the College Football Playoff. Under that schedule, The Big Ten Championship game will likely be on Dec. 19, with the College Football Playoff committee announcing its four-team field the following day.

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