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Ohio State, Michigan in October, Big Ten releases 2020 conference-only schedule

The Game is coming earlier than ever this fall (if it happens at all).

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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

After weeks of rumors about the Big Ten’s 2020 conference-only schedule, the league office in Rosemont, Ill. unveiled the recently reconfigured slate of games for all 14 conference teams on Wednesday. Initially, Sports Illustrated reported that the slate of games would be released early in the morning on Tuesday, but that was before Rutgers had yet another COVID-19 flare up, which might have delayed the announcement.

Despite the delay and the elimination of non-conference games, action will kick off on Thursday, Sept. 3, and instead of opening the season against Bowling Green on Labor Day weekend, the Ohio State Buckeyes will get back into action against the Fighting Illini.

We’ve been pretty pro-opening the season with The Game here at Land-Grant Holy Land, but the Buckeyes will instead play That Team Up North on October 24.