Report: Big Ten Decision Means No Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin

Bryan Driskell

According to reports from ESPN and The Athletic, the Big Ten Conference is expected to announce a conference-only schedule for 2020, which will impact the Notre Dame schedule.

https://twitter.com/CFBHeather/status/1281312030587224065

This decision would obviously mean Notre Dame and Wisconsin will not play their scheduled game for Oct. 3. The two squads were expected to play in Lambeau Field, but there were rumors the game would get moved, but that is obviously a moot point if this report ends up being true.

The Big Ten making this decision so early is likely to be the first domino, and the odds are more and more conferences are going to start making a similar decision. The Big Ten, ACC, SEC and Pac 12 all have enough teams in their conferences to play at least 11 games each.

For right now, Notre Dame's schedule will sit at 11 teams. Notre Dame can take some fo the steps I discussed yesterday, but that work might turn out to be moot should more leagues decide to follow the Big Ten's guidance. There were already plenty of rumblings that the Pac 12 would make a similar decision, and if they do that removes two more opponents from Notre Dame's 2020 schedule.

This is going to get very interesting and challenging for Notre Dame.

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Comments (17)
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chamgel
chamgel

My bet is all conferences end up doing this, leaving very difficult waters for Swarbrick to navigate. He’ll either have to work out a temporary deal with the ACC or join it as a full time member for football.

Jacob15
Jacob15

God, this is getting depressing.

Jacob15
Jacob15

ACC commissioner John Swofford has said that if league adopts an all-conference football schedule for 2020, Notre Dame likely will be in mix. Irish already have six ACC opponents on docket.

Jherbeck91
Jherbeck91

Great, I guess I don't really understand the higher risk factor of playing a fellow team in the midwest who is taking the same measures to reduce risk and infection. Seems like it would make more sense to look at each game individually rather than do a blanket solution.

Fitz1105
Fitz1105

I’m starting to become genuinely worried about this season. I think the decisions will depend largely on what’s fashionable versus what the evidence is saying

TxIrish
TxIrish

Dang, this would have been a chance for the Irish to wash away some of the residual stench of the Michigan game from last season. Playing a legit team that would be a good measuring stick of where the Irish are as a program.

Thrillhouse
Thrillhouse

This is a joke. What a crazy overreaction by everyone for the past 4 months. This isn't the last of it either, at this point I'd be surprised if any football is played.

irish4life2
irish4life2

Season's done. Might as well stick a fork in it.

StrongNTrue
StrongNTrue

Disappointing but not a complete shock. I just hope this latest approach of going Conference Games focused and including ND for ACC games and Stanford and USC for PAC12 games stays steady and doesn't get worse.

I hope the Navy game can still take place---long standing relationship there and it's early in the season so it's not a huge distraction to play it. Navy has already cancelled a game after the ND scheduled date. These teams need to play a real schedule of 10 games if they can.

Nathan Erbach
Nathan Erbach

Editor

ND just joining the ACC for the 2020 season makes the most sense to me, and especially now that the commissioner has said ND would be in their plans. Obviously, if ND could still personally schedule a few other teams like Navy that would be great as well.

Some people thought/still think ND will be hurt by all this, but they actually might be in the best position to play a full schedule.

TxIrish
TxIrish

A lot of what I'm reading guesses that August 1 is fate most are eyeing as when schools will need to make the decision whether to even have a season or not. That's only 3 weeks away. It's hard to imagine things getting so much better in 3 weeks that schools will want to play at all (which would mean they'd be taking on an enormous amount of potential liability, which is what it's all about).

Wow. A week ago I was excited for the season. Now I'll be shocked if we see any football in 2020.


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