Big Ten Will Have Conference-Only Schedule In Football: Report

The Ivy League has already canceled fall sports altogether.

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July 09, 2020 - 3:41 pm

Michigan football won't be opening the 2020 season at Washington. Michigan State won't be hosting Miami a few weeks later. 

The Big Ten is switching to a conference-only schedule this fall, according to The Athletic. 

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Asked Wednesday about possible alterations to the schedule due to the coronavirus, including a potentially Big Ten-only slate, Jim Harbaugh said, "The scenario where (we're) playing is the one that you’re hoping and praying for. These youngsters have put in a lot of training their whole lives for these moments. But is that possible, would we support that? Yes, those different scenarios. 

"Our athletic directors, administration, Big Ten commissioner, coaches, we’ve all had those conversations and continue to have those conversations, exactly what the schedule will be, what’s the first game, when we’re going to kick off." 

As for the possibility of a regional schedule to limit travel, Harbaugh said, "I’m not going to offer my personal opinion. I think the athletic directors, school presidents and the medical experts can decide what’s best there." 

It appears they've made their decision. 

Without any out-of-conference games, Michigan will lose a road date with Washington and home dates with Ball State and Arkansas State. Michigan State will lose a road game with BYU and home games with Toledo and Miami. It's unclear if or how those open dates will be filled. 

The Ivy League has already canceled fall sports altogether, though Harbaugh made it clear Wednesday he's in favor of a football season this fall.