The Big Ten will play only conference football games this season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic.
The move comes as the latest in a series of postponements and cancellations as the football season nears and case levels of the disease continue to rise nationwide.
The Big Ten is expected to announce today that it will go with a conference-only football schedule for this fall, a person with direct knowledge situation tells @TheAthleticCFB.
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) July 9, 2020
The Big Ten’s move to restrict games to only conference competition comes one day after the Ivy League announced that it will not play fall sports at all. Several Division III teams have made similar decisions, including Carnegie Mellon locally. The Division III Presidents Athletic Conference, with several local members, also announced that it will not play non-conference football games.
Several schools, including Ohio State in the Big Ten and North Carolina in the ACC, have had to shut down their offseason workout programs in response to the number of positive cases amongst student-athletes.
Some games impacted by the cancellations will include Penn State at Virginia Tech, Ohio State at Oregon and Iowa State at Iowa on Sept. 12, Maryland at West Virginia on Sept. 19 and Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin on Oct. 3.