The Big Ten is likely to announce a conference-only schedule for the 2020 football season, according to a report by Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic.
Auerbach reported the news Thursday afternoon by stating the following.
“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 of the situation tells The Athletic.”
The decision could be something we see all major conferences do when the Big Ten announces their decision later today. A source told Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio that “conference only football is likely across the country.”
Jones added in a separate tweet that he expects the SEC to announce a 10-game conference-only schedule that would begin in mid-September. The traditional SEC schedule only includes 8 conference games, (six division and two crossover oppenents) so a 10-game model would include six division opponents, along with four crossover matchups from the other side of the conference for a total of ten games.
Kentucky’s schedule would look significantly different. The model would eliminate the annual rivalry with Louisville this season, as well as non-conference dates with Eastern Michigan, Kent State, and Eastern Illinois.
I’d take it if it means we get college football in 2020.
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
Here is where I think we are headed
SEC will announce a 10 game Conference-Only schedule starting in mid-September
They will pray things get better before August 1, when they have to say “yes or no” to starting
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) July 9, 2020