January 26, 2022

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Big Ten Football Moving to Conference-Only This…

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Multiple sources are reporting that the Big Ten will be announcing a move to a conference-only season for all sports this fall, including football. If college football can be played at all, that is. A conference-only schedule should theoretically help by eliminating some long-distance travel and creating some standardization around testing for COVID-19.

This is second domino to fall in college athletics, after the Ivy League cancelled all fall sports entirely. There are certainly more dominos coming. Who knows if college sports are even possible this fall given that each school is making its own decision about how to, and whether to, bring students back. Unfortunately, the college football preview section of Football Outsiders Almanac 2020 is going to end up as a bit of an alternative history novel.


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