Gophers, Big Ten to play conference-only games in 2020

The Big Ten Conference will play only conference games in football as well as several other sports if fall seasons proceed in pandemic.

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The conference announced Thursday that if sports can be played, all fall sports teams — men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball — will, “based on medical advice,” only play other conference teams.

Exact details on schedules will be released at a later date.

In a release, the Big Ten said this move will allow the conference to “have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.”

Minnesota was set to host three non-conference teams this season: Florida Atlantic on Sept. 3, Tennessee Tech on Sept. 12 and BYU on Sept. 26

The Associated Press contributed to this report