Big Ten changes course, aims for October start to football


Big Ten football is back.

Less than five weeks after the conference announced it would push football and other fall sports to spring because of the pandemic, the conference changed course. The Big Ten plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 24 with an eight-game schedule for each team. Each team will play a ninth game the weekend before Christmas. Along with the Big Ten championship, teams will play the corresponding teams from the opposite division depending on where they finished in the regular season standings.

Games will be played on campuses with no fans in attendance other than family members. Big Ten officials say that policy could change later in the season.

The Big Ten says its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to restart sports. Back in August, the conference voted to postpone fall sports.

A schedule should be released by the end of the week.