Big Ten football season set to begin on Labor Day weekend
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58/AP) -- The Badgers are preparing for a college football season unlike any other. The schedule consists of ten conference-only games.
Teams will play conference opponents they originally were scheduled to meet and will have one additional cross-division game. The regular season runs through Nov. 21.
The football schedule starts as early as the weekend of Sept. 5 with final games slated for Nov. 21 to align with academic calendars. The Big Ten Football Championship Game remains scheduled for Dec. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium, though it could be moved as late as Dec. 19. pic.twitter.com/vWp3OSifBc— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) August 5, 2020
Here are some notable dates to watch out for:
- September 4 - Season opener at home against IU
- September 26 - Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe in Madison
- October 31 - Michigan in Ann Arbor
Each team has two byes with break before the conference championship that is scheduled for December 5th. The schedule was designed with flexibility in mind should they need to adjust for COVID-19-related reasons.
While you'll want to circle those on your calendar, don’t go rearranging your schedule for a tailgate. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said the Badgers are prepared for the reality that it will not be appropriate to have thousands of fans at Camp Randall on game days.