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Big Ten releases football schedule for fall season

Rutgers opens at Michigan State and has crossover opponents against Purdue and Illinois.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 Michigan State at Rutgers Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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