College Football Returns!

Meghan Wert

Are you ready for this year’s college football season? You’re lucky you even get to see them because they almost didn’t start! But the Big Ten will start their season on October 24th, 2020! In our area, the favorite Big Ten team is Penn State and they will kick off their season in Indiana. The Big Ten previously voted against playing this season but after a revote and some serious thinking, you won’t have to hang up your fan gear! 

Back on August 11th, the Big Ten decided that it would be best to cancel fall sports in hopes of playing in the spring. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said at that place in time, “It became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.” But on September 16th, 2020 the Big Ten revoted and decided to continue with the college football season only playing other Big Ten schools. 

Just three days ago the thing we all have all been waiting for was released. The Big Ten football schedule! The first day of the season will start on October 24th, 2020 and the schedule is as follows:

Nebraska at Ohio State 

Michigan at Minnesota

Penn State at Indiana

Iowa at Purdue

Illinois at Wisconsin

Rutgers at Michigan State

Maryland at Northwestern

Originally the Big Ten voted to not play this season due to the side effects of Covid-19, and other COVID policies.  Studies have found that athletes who have tested positive for Covid-19 also may have myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart, making it dangerous for them to play. But as mentioned multiple times throughout this article, the Big Ten decided to play this season. 

This college football season may look a little different than what you are used to. This year there will not be four captains on the field. There will only be one captain from each team, a referee, and an umpire. The referees will also be using electric whistles! Now that’s something you don’t hear every day! The team area will now span between the 15-yard lines, in hopes that there will be some social distancing on the sidelines. But come on, we all know that won’t happen! 

So get your hats and number one team signs out! Cuz college football is on!