Greg Miller, Staff Miller
The Big 10 conference announced they would have a 2020 football season this fall, despite their original August 11 decision to postpone all fall Big 10 sports. The change in the decision has been approved by “the return to competition task force” that implemented daily antigen testing as well as enhanced cardiac screening to conduct rapid testing. This process will begin on September 30 for all 14 Big 10 football teams. Any athlete that tests negative will be required to take a polymerase chain reaction test,
which will confirm the results of the first test. If the second test comes back positive, the athlete must wait at least 21 days until they can return to team activities. They will also undergo cardiac testing with
the concerns of myocarditis.
The new upcoming season is going to look a little different than normal with only an eight week and eight game schedule. The Big 10 championship game that is scheduled for Dec. 19, with Dec. 18 being
the day the selection committee picks the final four for the college football playoff. With Big 10 football being split into two divisions, east and west with seven teams each, the season will consist of a game against every other team in the division and two games across the division. Across the street, the Minnesota Gophers are in the east and sit with the second-highest western division college football preseason ranking at 18 (the Badgers are ranked higher at 16), but could face some tough opponents in
the cross-division games as three teams in the east have top 15 preseason rankings.
The Big 10 conference did state that games will be held on campus but there will be no fans allowed in the games. The Big 10 is trying to construct a plan that will allow the family of players and staff to be able to attend both home and away games.