The Big Ten has unanimously voted to start their college football season on October 23, 2020.

  • The Big Ten Conference has come to a unanimous decision by the council president and chancellors to resume the NCAA Football season.
  • The conference will adopt significant medical protocols to ensure a safe season during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Big Ten football season is set to resume October 23-24, 2020.

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Good news in the NCAA Football betting world as the Big Ten Conference has officially voted to resume the football season.

The results were a unanimous vote from the council president and the chancellors to continue with new strict medical protocols put in place.

The Big Ten season will officially resume in October and will require coaches, trainers, student-athletes, and any other staff or individuals on the field to undergo antigen testing daily.

Big Ten Is Back!

College football bettors will be able to wager on the Big Ten Conference thanks to the unanimous vote made by the board.

The Big Ten has implemented new COVID-19 procedures to ensure the safety of student-athletes, coaches, and staff. There will be daily tests, results must be completed and recorded before every practice and game, and any positive test will require a polymerase chain reaction test to confirm.

The Big Ten has gotten several key medical experts working directly with the teams to ensure the safety of the players and the continuation of the conference.

“Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Jim Borchers, Head Team Physician, The Ohio State University and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee. “The data we are going to collect from testing and the cardiac registry will provide major contributions for all 14 Big Ten institutions as they study COVID-19 and attempt to mitigate the spread of the disease among wider communities.”

Any student-athlete that tests positive for the coronavirus will have to undergo an extensive cardiac testing procedure. This includes labs and biomarkers, Cardiac MRI, Echocardiogram, and ECG.

Students with positive test results also cannot return to the team for a minimum of 21 days following a positive COVID-19 test.

All 14 Big Ten teams will also establish a cardiac registry. This is in an effort to examine the effects of the COGID-19 on student-athletes. The data from the registry will be used to answer unknowns regarding cardiac manifestations in COVID-19 positive elite athletes.

“From the onset of the pandemic, our highest priority has been the health and the safety of our students. The new medical protocols and standards put into place by the Big Ten Return To Competition Task Force were pivotal in the decision to move forward with sports in the conference,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President, and Chair of the Return to Competition Task Force Steering Committee. “We appreciate the conference’s dedication to developing the necessary safety procedures for our students and the communities that embrace them.”

The return of the Big Ten season and the precautions they are taking for the Student-Athletes is a major deal in the legal sports betting world. College football is a major draw for sports bettors every year.

Now the NCAA Football season will have even more betting lines and odds available for sports bettors to get in on the action. The inclusion of the Ohio State Buckeyes and their quarterback Justin Fields should certainly have an effect on College Football Playoff Odds and Heisman Trophy odds.

Online sportsbooks still haven’t adjusted their current betting lines to reflect the Big Ten’s decision to play. However, sports bettors should expect to see those changes made soon.

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