The Big Ten reversed their decision to play football in the fall earlier this week. Now, we have a schedule. The conference released the slate for the 2020 fall season on Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff.
The schedule will begin on Oct. 24 and go until Dec. 12. Big Ten teams will play eight games in that span with the conference championship game being played on Dec. 19. On the day of the title game, teams will play cross-divisional matchups based on their record in their respective division.
The emergence of daily rapid testing is the reason why the Big Ten presidents and chancellors voted unanimously to move forward with a fall season. This format will allow the conference to get enough games in to be considered for the College Football Playoff. We have new testing formats, new television deals, and an overturned decision. Now, there is a schedule.
The new Greg Schiano era officially has a start date and an opponent. Rutgers will begin their season on the road against Michigan State on Saturday, October 24. The kickoff is late this fall but there will be a kickoff after all. Below is the full schedule for the Scarlet Knights followed by the full slate of Big Ten action. More analysis to come on both Rutgers and the Big Ten schedule as a whole.
Rutgers’ 2020 football schedule
Oct. 24: at Michigan State
Oct. 31: vs. Indiana
Nov. 7: at Ohio State
Nov. 14: vs. Illinois
Nov. 21: vs. Michigan
Nov. 28: at Purdue
Dec. 5: vs. Penn State
Dec. 12: at Maryland
The Big Ten Conference announced today the schedule for the 2020 football season, including an eight-game Conference-only schedule starting the weekend of October 24 plus a ninth game for all 14 teams during a newly created Big Ten Champions Week the weekend of December 19. pic.twitter.com/jaDXMhh2C8— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) September 19, 2020