It was announced today that Wisconsin football and the Big Ten will make their return in October.
Wisconsin football is coming back! It was announced today that the Big Ten will be coming back in October. There are still a lot of details that will need to be worked out, but it sounds like each Big Ten team will play an 8-game schedule in nine weeks.
In the past few days, the school’s presidents have been meeting about a possible return and were planning on a vote. From JSOnline, UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank said the Big Ten would be unified on a decision for football. Either they are all in, or all out.
Things got interesting yesterday when KETV, a local news station out of Omaha, had a hot mic pick up Nebraska’s President, Ted Carter, tell someone they were going to make an announcement that Big Ten football would be coming back.
After that, Wisconsin football beat writer Jeff Potrykus confirmed what Carter said on Twitter.
Nebraska president Ted Carter leaked news earlier that the B1G is set to announce it’s 2020 football plan today. This is confirmed. Polls are closed. Votes are in. Time for #Badgers fans and their pals across the league to celebrate.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) September 15, 2020
It certainly is time to celebrate. We get to see Jack Coan and company back on the field this year. Right now, it sounds like the date the Big Ten is targeting October 24th as the return date. That would give teams about four weeks to get the players back together, do a mini training camp, and get ready for a shortened season.
The next big question is, will the Big Ten be eligible for the College Football Playoff? Probably! But it’s going to be tight. The College Football Playoff selection show is on December 20th. So if the Big Ten can get their conference championship before that date, they should be okay. On top of that, the other conferences that are currently playing will also have to approve them to get back in, but Rece Davis from ESPN doesn’t think that will be a problem.
Wisconsin football is back, baby!