Big Ten puts out foot­ball slate

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The Big Ten on Wed­nes­day re­leased its 10-game con­fer­ence-only foot­ball sched­ule be­gin­ning as early as La­bor Day weekend but cau­tioned there is no cer­tainty games will be played.

The Big Ten was the last of the Power Five con­fer­ences to an­nounce its sched­ule as col­lege foot­ball nav­i­gates how to play games amid the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

“We’re ap­proach­ing this en­tire process on a dayto-day ba­sis,” com­mis­sioner Kevin War­ren said. “We’re gath­er­ing med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion daily, we’re com­mu­ni­cat­ing with all of our con­stituents in the Big Ten and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with stu­dent-ath­letes. This will not be a straight line this year.”

Under the re­vised sched­ule, teams will play con­fer­ence op­po­nents they orig­i­nally were set to meet and will have one ad­di­tional cross-divi­sion game.

The reg­u­lar sea­son starts the weekend of Sept. 5 and runs through Nov. 21. There is a built-in cush­ion al­low­ing for makeup games to be played, if nec­es­sary. The 10 games would be played over at least 12 weeks, with each team hav­ing two open dates. Nov. 28 also is avail­able for makeup games. If the coro­n­avirus sit­u­a­tion dic­tates, the sea­son could start Sept. 12, 19 or 26.

◆ UConn can­celed its 2020-21 foot­ball sea­son, be­com­ing the first FBS pro­gram to do so, after other schools had taken the Huskies off their sched­ules and the gov­er­nor was re­luc­tant to al­low play­ers to travel to states with high in­fec­tion rates.

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