ESPN is reporting that the Big Ten Conference is “most likely” going to reduce its college football schedule to where its teams will only play in-conference games this fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
If college football can be played this fall, Big Ten presidents and athletic directors prefer playing a conference-only schedule, which would eliminate some long-distance travel and help ensure that their teams are being tested for the coronavirus universally, multiple sources inside the league and around college football per ESPN.
That means the Big Ten will get rid of their non-conference games.
Each member institution plays three each season. Among the marquee non-league games involving Big Ten schools that were on tap for 2020: Ohio State at Oregon; Michigan at Washington; Penn State at Virginia Tech, Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin in Green Bay; Miami (Fla.) at Michigan State.
This will be interesting to see. Maybe we will not have a playoff in college football?