Secondly, how will the ninth game work?
© APWF FILE- In this Nov, 16, 2019, file photo, Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade (24) reacts after making an interception during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. Two of Ohio States biggest stars, Guard Wyatt Davis and cornerback Shaun Wade, have chose to stay and play football for the Buckeyes this year. That date will also feature an extra cross-division game for each school, with seeded teams in each division squaring off. The service has the Big Ten Network and the ESPN family of networks (including ABC) in its channel line-up, so it will stream just about every Big Ten game of the season.
The Scarlet Knights have not had a winning season since going 8-5 under Kyle Flood in 2014, their first season in the Big Ten. The conference previously announced a 10-game, conference-only schedule that began in early September before it chose to postpone the season. The Big Ten has no room for makeup games as teams will play eight straight weeks before heading into its championship week.
The conference's third version of the schedule was released on Saturday morning on Fox's Big Noon Kickoff pregame show. That may require unusual tiebreaker procedures in determining each division's champion.
Ohio State's 2019 season ended with a College Football Playoff loss to Clemson.
The availability of daily testing has reassured the conference that once deemed the season too unsafe to play.
The Big Ten changed course this week and chose to play football in 2020 after postponing its fall campaign in August due to COVID-19 concerns.
After conferences around the country began postponing fall sports, the NCAA opted to allow football teams not playing this fall to practice 12 hours per week - five hours of on-field work and seven hours of strength and conditioning and meetings. Then, the Big Ten opted to move to a 10-game, conference-only schedule because of the pandemic and released a new schedule on August 5.