The Big Ten is the first conference in the Power 5 to make a major adjustment to the football schedule this fall.
Just a day after the Ivy League canceled football season for its conference this fall along with other sports in the coming season, the Big Ten is expected to announce they are moving to conference-only football games this fall, according to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic.
Here is Auerbach’s tweet with the announcement:
The Big Ten is expected to announce today that it will go with a conference-only football schedule for this fall, a person with direct knowledge situation tells @TheAthleticCFB.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 9, 2020
The SEC has not announced a major change like this to the schedule yet, but it would be expected that they follow the lead of the Big Ten here. If the conference does so, that would more than likely mean Kentucky will not be playing Louisville this season along with the cancellation of other non-conference games.
The question now will be if the conferences will just fill in the games now canceled with matchups of teams in the same league, or just shrink the schedule.
UPDATE: The ACC is now expected to follow the Big Ten in announcing it will have conference-only football games this fall, according to Brett McMurphy of Stadium. The conference will assist Notre Dame as needed with scheduling games. That would also mean the temporary halt of the UK/UofL series.
The Pac-12 is expected to also follow suit with the two conferences, according to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic.