The Council of Presidents and Chancellors of the Big Ten Conference voted to start the 2020 colleg season football on October 23.
The conference, mainly dealing with the Midwest region, has decided to suspend all fall sports last month. The West Coast-based Pac-12 Conference followed suit.
But the remaining three “Power Five” conferences, and four more Football Bowl Subdivision conferences decided to play moderately shortened seasons instead, with majority starting the season last Saturday (September 12).
According to the Big Ten improvements in testing and information meant that it will now be possible for it to also play this Fall.
“The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition,” the conference explained.
Players will be subject to daily testing and team test positivity rate and population positivity rate will be used as basis to see if plans should go forward. A chief information officer for each university will be appointed to oversee this matter.