Big Ten football calendar 2020: What do you know about the start date of the season and more for the return of the conference


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Big football teams and fans no longer have to worry about the possibility of a spring season. The conference Wednesday he kept an autumn football calendar when she announced its reversal having previously determined such a season was too dangerous in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new football schedule for the Big Ten in 2020 is a slate better than ever that keeps the conference in play for this season’s College Football Playoff. Now the Pac-12 is the only Power 5 conference that didn’t play football in the fall of 2020.

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The Big Ten football program in 2020 will be an abbreviated version of the calendar that the conference released last month before suspending the fall season. Even if the conference has to play fewer games than initially planned, the Big Ten championship game will still be played before the College Football Playoff pairs are announced.

Below is everything you need to know about the Big Ten football program in 2020 now that the conference is back in the college football field.

Big Ten football calendar 2020

  • Start date: From the 23rd to the 24th of October
  • Conference games by team: 8 + 1

This is a unique format, so all teams – not just those playing in the Big Ten championship game – will get to play one more game on the championship weekend.

Based on the end of division, each team will face its counterpart in the standings: No. 2 in East vs. No. 2 in West, No. 3 in East vs. No. 3 in West, and so on. the conference title game.

The Big Ten regular-season eight-game football calendar for 2020 is a necessary reduction from the 10-game proposal the conference made in August before pulling the plug on the fall season. Because the plug was rolled out in October, the Big Ten needed to reduce that number.

With the Big Ten football program starting the weekend of October 23-24 and extending for eight weeks, this sets the Big Ten championship game for December 19, which is the day before the teams finish. the College Football Playoff will be decided.

When will the Big Ten 2020 football calendar be announced at all?

We are clear on the full Big Ten program for 2020 soon. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said an announcement on each team’s eight-game schedule is scheduled later this week. (Update: Fox Sports announced September 18th which will reveal the full revised calendar at 10 am ET Sept. 19 on its “Big Noon Kickoff” pregame show.)

Implementing eight-game programs for all 14 teams at the conference is a challenge. While the previously announced 10-game schedules can be used as a blueprint for new eight-game schedules, many will need to change, especially now that weeks of addition are out of the equation.

For reference, below are the team football programs that the Big Ten launched last month. It’s unclear how much change each team will see in their list of opponents, but we do know that the schedule will be reduced to two games and will include zero bye weeks.

Ohio State Football Program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 3 – Illinois
  • September 12: vs. Rutgers
  • September 19 – Purdue
  • September 26: vs. Indiana
  • October 3: Farewell
  • October 10: vs. Nebraska
  • October 17: At Michigan State
  • October 24: vs. Michigan
  • October 31: in Maryland
  • November 7: At Penn State
  • November 14: Goodbye
  • November 21: vs. Iowa

Michigan football program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5: vs. Purdue
  • September 12: in Minnesota
  • September 19: vs. Penn State
  • September 26 – Rutgers
  • October 3: vs. Michigan State
  • October 10: Farewell
  • October 17: Indiana
  • October 24: Ohio State
  • October 31: vs. Wisconsin
  • November 7: vs. Maryland
  • November 14: Goodbye
  • November 21: Northwest

Michigan State Football Program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5: vs. Minnesota
  • September 12: in Maryland
  • September 19: vs. Northwest
  • September 26 – Penn State
  • October 3: in Michigan
  • October 10: Farewell
  • October 17: Vs. Ohio State
  • October 24: vs. Rutgers
  • October 31: in Iowa
  • November 7: vs. Indiana
  • November 14: Goodbye
  • November 21: In Nebraska

Wisconsin Football Program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 4: vs. Indiana
  • September 12 – Northwest
  • September 19: in Nebraska
  • September 26: vs. Minnesota
  • October 3: in Maryland
  • October 10: vs. Purdue
  • October 17: Farewell
  • October 24: vs. Illinois
  • October 31: in Michigan
  • November 7: Goodbye
  • November 14 – Iowa
  • November 21: vs. Rutgers

Penn State football program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5: vs. Northwest
  • September 12: in Indiana
  • September 19 – Michigan
  • September 26: vs. Michigan State
  • October 3: in Rutgers
  • October 10: Farewell
  • October 17: Vs. Maryland
  • October 24: Iowa
  • October 31: In Nebraska
  • November 7: vs. Ohio State
  • November 14: Goodbye
  • November 21: In Illinois

Iowa Football Program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5: vs. Maryland
  • September 12 – Purdue
  • September 19: in Minnesota
  • September 26: vs. Nebraska
  • October 3: vs. Northwest
  • October 10: Illinois
  • October 17: Farewell
  • October 24: at Penn State
  • October 31: vs. Michigan State
  • November 7: Goodbye
  • November 14: vs. Wisconsin
  • November 21 – Ohio State

Nebraska football program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5 – Rutgers
  • September 12: vs. Illinois
  • September 19: vs. Wisconsin
  • September 26 – Iowa
  • October 3: vs. Minnesota
  • October 10 – Ohio State
  • October 17: Farewell
  • October 24: in the Northwest
  • October 31: vs. Penn State
  • November 7: Goodbye
  • November 14: in Purdue
  • November 21: vs. Michigan State

Northwest football program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5 – Penn State
  • September 12: vs. Wisconsin
  • September 19 – Michigan State
  • September 26: vs. Maryland
  • October 3: in Iowa
  • October 10: Farewell
  • October 17: Vs. Illinois
  • October 24: vs. Nebraska
  • October 31: in Purdue
  • November 7: Goodbye
  • November 14: in Minnesota
  • November 21: vs. Michigan

Minnesota football program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5 – Michigan State
  • September 12: vs. Michigan
  • September 19: vs. Iowa
  • September 26: Wisconsin
  • October 3: In Nebraska
  • October 10: vs. Indiana
  • October 17: Farewell
  • October 24: vs. Purdue
  • October 31: Illinois
  • November 7: Goodbye
  • November 14: vs. Northwest
  • November 21: In Maryland

Illinois football program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 3: vs. Ohio State
  • September 12: In Nebraska
  • September 19: in Indiana
  • September 26: vs. Purdue
  • October 3: Farewell
  • October 10: vs. Iowa
  • October 17: Northwest
  • October 24: in Wisconsin
  • October 31: vs. Minnesota
  • November 7: at Rutgers
  • November 14: Goodbye
  • November 21: vs. Penn State

Indiana football program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 4: Wisconsin
  • September 12: vs. Penn State
  • September 19: vs. Illinois
  • September 26 – Ohio State
  • October 3: Farewell
  • October 10: in Minnesota
  • October 17: Vs. Michigan
  • October 24: vs. Maryland
  • October 31: in Rutgers
  • November 7: At Michigan State
  • November 14: Goodbye
  • November 21: vs. Purdue

Maryland football calendar

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5 – Iowa
  • September 12: vs. Michigan State
  • September 19: vs. Rutgers
  • September 26 – Northwest
  • October 3: vs. Wisconsin
  • October 10: Farewell
  • October 17: Penn State
  • October 24: in Indiana
  • October 31: vs. Ohio State
  • November 7: in Michigan
  • November 14: Goodbye
  • November 21: vs. Minnesota

Purdue football calendar

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5 – Michigan
  • September 12: vs. Iowa
  • September 19: vs. Ohio State
  • September 26 – Illinois
  • October 3: Farewell
  • October 10: In Wisconsin
  • October 17: Vs. Rutgers
  • October 24: in Minnesota
  • October 31: vs. Northwest
  • November 7: Goodbye
  • November 14: vs. Nebraska
  • November 21: In Indiana

Rutgers football program

New program, opponents:

Previous calendar, opponents:

  • September 5: vs. Nebraska
  • September 12 – Ohio State
  • September 19: in Maryland
  • September 26: vs. Michigan
  • October 3: vs. Penn State
  • October 10: Farewell
  • October 17: in Purdue
  • October 24: at Michigan State
  • October 31: vs. Indiana
  • November 7: vs. Illinois
  • November 14: Goodbye
  • November 21: In Wisconsin


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