Big Ten football canceled in big blow to college season

The Big Ten blinked first.

The conference became the first in the Power 5 to cancel its 2020 football season on Monday, the Detroit Free Press reported. Facing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the league’s presidents voted 12-2 to not play fall sports, according to the report — with only Nebraska and Iowa voting to play, Dan Patrick reported on his radio show. The Power 5 conferences met Sunday to discuss cancelling the 2020 season.

The home of powerhouses like Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin — which, along with Minnesota and Iowa, were all included in the preseason Top 25 Coaches’ poll — became the second FBS conference to cancel its season after the MAC was the first on Saturday. UConn, an independent, was the first FBS school to cancel its season. The Big Ten had previously shifted to a conference-only schedule.

The Big Ten is expected to make the official announcement Tuesday, according to the Free Press. Patrick reported the Pac-12 is also going to cancel its 2020 season, with the SEC, ACC and Big 12 holding on for now.

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