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Big Ten releases revised 2020 football schedule

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The Big 12 doesn't now have any non-conference games scheduled against Power 5 opponents due to the scheduling changes.

The Big Ten conference has released a revised schedule for the 2020 college football season. As conferences are moving to conference-only schedules, inviting an independent - or a few - could help the Big 12 to play a schedule similar to the other Power Five leagues.

"It would be purely speculation for me to sit here today and say this is what percent I think we'll have a season", Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren told BTN. "This will not be a straight line this year".

As conferences take steps toward a football season that seems to be in precarious shape, the NCAA is expected to weigh in Tuesday on fall sports other than major-college football. "If we have the opportunity to play, we are excited about our challenging conference schedule and the five games in Kinnick Stadium". A specific start date for conference play was not determined.

Additionally, the conference doubled-up bye weeks and added an "open week" on November 28 to give teams extra time and space to make up games that are potentially postponed.

The athletic directors instead opted for a plus-one, 10-game season.

Additionally, with the Big 12 wanting to keep its nonconference games at Big 12 venues, KU won't be playing at Coastal Carolina on September 26. The entire Big Ten schedule of games was announced Wednesday by the conference office.

Iowa is scheduled to begin official preparation for the 2020 season Friday, Aug. 7 with the opening of preseason camp.

Among the schedule's highlights, MI and Ohio State, who traditionally play at the end of the season, will play October 24.

"In making this announcement, the Conference acknowledges that there is much work to be done on our campuses, in our communities and across the country to gain control of a virus that continues to spread at an alarming rate, " the conference said in a statement.

Earlier this summer, the Big 12 and ACC both released their respective 2020 football schedules. The full schedule can be found below. In response to COVID-19, the conference also released medical protocols for the upcoming season. Testing will be managed by a third-party laboratory to ensure consistency across the conference.

Testing frequency is based on the level of contact risk within each sport and is required for student-athletes, as well as coaches and staff depending upon exposure to the student-athletes. All other sports will have a minimum of one PCR surveillance test per week.

The league will start the season in mid-to-late September with the expectation that nonconference games are played prior to Big 12 play.

One of the first things to notice is the annual Ohio State/Michigan game. The ACC has a 10-game conference-only schedule with an option for one nonconference game.

How many fans will be in the stands remains a question.

"Our players have shown patience and dedication during the most recent period of conditioning and off-season workouts, and now we are excited to begin the process of preparing for a football season".

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