Big Ten planning unique 'Championship Week' to end its upcoming fall season
The Big Ten is back and they plan on breaking out a new “Championship Week” format that’s never been done before.
If you missed the news, the Big Ten is planning to return to action on Saturday, Oct. 24 and will be playing an 8-game conference-only schedule. The Big Ten will also feature daily COVID testing, similar to the plan the NFL has used so successfully.
At the end of that 8-game schedule, however, the Big Ten plans to try out a new format to end the season.
All conferenes that are split into divisions already pit the teams that finish No. 1 in each respective division against one another in a championship game but the Big Ten is planning on also matching every team against one another during Championship Week based on their final regular season division standings.
So, for example, the No. 2 teams from each division will face off at the end of the season, the No. 3 teams will face off, the No. 4 teams will face off, etc.
These matchups will take place before the College Football Playoff committee makes its decision on the teams that will be featured in the upcoming playoff.
Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez shared the first details of the Big Ten’s unique Championship Weekend live during an appearance on the Big Ten Network:
❗ Scheduling News ❗
Barry Alvarez shares that the 2020 season will feature an extra "Champions Week" game for each team, plus an update on when to expect a football schedule: pic.twitter.com/DCeagI8xeV
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 16, 2020