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  • The Big Ten reversed course on its canceled football season on Wednesday, announcing that games would begin the weekend of October 24.
  • Big Ten teams will play in an eight-game, intra-conference regular season, with every team playing an additionally ninth game at the end of the season based on their conference ranking.
  • The schedule lines up to allow Big Ten teams to be considered for the College Football Playoff.
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Just four weeks after announcing the suspension of its season, Big Ten football is back.

On Wednesday, the Big Ten announced that football was back on, setting a start date of October 24 for an eight-game regular-season schedule that may allow teams in the conference just enough time to be considered by the College Football Playoff selection committee.

Better access to rapid testing was cited as a key factor in the conference's decision to go back on its decision to cancel the season.

The season will be a unique 8+1 format

The start date and schedule are of significant importance to the conference. They should allow teams to become eligible for postseason play, as long as everything goes according to plan.

Teams will begin an eight-game, intra-conference regular season on October 24. After those eight games, the Big Ten season will culminate with an extra weekend of play, as Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez explained while revealing the conference's plan on Big Ten Network.

The ninth weekend of games will feature the top teams from the East and West divisions of the conference playing in the Big Ten Championship. However, additional games will also be played, with the second-place teams in each conference facing off, and so on down the rankings, ensuring that every team gets a ninth game.

"We will play eight games plus one," Alvarez said. "Very unique champions week, where the teams from the East and West will match up and play one another."


The Big Ten season works with the College Football Playoff

The Big Ten Championship is set to be played on December 19 — one day before the final rankings for the College Football Playoffs are released.

The Big Ten's proposed schedule, specifically the ninth game for every team, is significant to schools with postseason aspirations. Every school in the conference will play nine games, barring COVID-related cancelations, rather than just the two involved in the Big Ten Championship.

For instance, should Michigan or Ohio State go 7-1 through the regular season and miss out on the conference title game, even though their only loss was a forgivable one, they'll still have the chance to prove themselves to the College Football Playoff committee in the final weekend of play. The ninth game will also give Big Ten teams a schedule that is more comparable to the SEC, ACC, and Big 12, all of which are set to play at least 10 games.

The Big Ten is reversing course

The Big Ten's decision to bring back football is an impressive turnaround from their stance on the possibility of returning safely just four weeks ago.

On August 11, the conference had announced that the fall football season was officially off, citing concerns about player safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward," Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said at the time. "As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall."

Since then, the conference has come to the conclusion that play is possible, with more access to rapid testing and new protocols in place in order to attempt to navigate the season without an outbreak within the conference.

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Heat battle the Celtics in Eastern Conference showdown

Boston Celtics (48-24, third in the Eastern Conference) vs. Miami Heat (44-29, fifth in the Eastern Conference)

Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Sunday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

LINE: Celtics -3.5; over/under is 214

BOTTOM LINE: The Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics meet in a matchup of two of the top-ranked teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat have gone 30-13 against Eastern Conference opponents. Miami ranks second in the Eastern Conference with 25.9 assists per game led by Jimmy Butler averaging 6.0.

The Celtics are 30-13 in conference play. Boston is sixth in the Eastern Conference shooting 36.4% from downtown. Jayson Tatum paces the Celtics shooting 40.3% from 3-point range.

The Heat won the last meeting between these two teams 112-106 on Aug. 4. Bam Adebayo scored 21 points to help lead Miami to the win.

TOP PERFORMERS: Butler leads the Heat with 6.0 assists, and scores 19.9 points per game. Duncan Robinson is averaging 15.5 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 44.6% over the last 10 games for Miami.

Tatum is averaging 23.4 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Celtics. Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.2 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting 44.2% over the last 10 games for Boston.

LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 4-6, averaging 108.7 points, 42.6 rebounds, 25.6 assists, 8.2 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.2 points on 44.1% shooting.

Celtics: 6-4, averaging 116.9 points, 46.7 rebounds, 23.7 assists, 8.4 steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.8 points on 44.3% shooting.

INJURIES: Heat: KZ Okpala: out (personal), Gabe Vincent: day to day (right knee), Chris Silva: out (groin).

Celtics: Romeo Langford: out for season (right adductor strain).


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