Big Ten football is close to being back. After initially postponing the start of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic until the spring, there are reports that the conference is set to announce action will resume in October.
According to reports, Big Ten officials are impressed with new daily testing measures that help improve safety.
An official announcement is expected this week with the hope of beginning the season by October 24. There would then be an 8 or 9 game regular season with the conference championship taking place on December 19.
Other Power Five conferences like the Big 12 and SEC kicked off their modified schedules earlier this month.
If the Big Ten’s plan goes through, the conference will likely aim to be represented in the 2020-21 College Football Playoff.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 6.38 million confirmed cases and 191,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.