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Ohio State football schedule for 2020 season released; Michigan game moved to Oct. 24

The announcement was made Wednesday morning.

The Big Ten released its 10-game conference-only football schedule beginning as early as Labor Day weekend but cautioned there is no certainty games will be played.

The Big Ten had announced a month ago it would shorten the season and eliminate nonconference games because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the revised schedule, teams will play conference opponents they originally were set to meet and will have one additional cross-division game.

Ohio State will open the season against Illinois on the road Thursday, September 3. The Buckeyes will play Michigan at Ohio Stadium on October 24.

Ohio State's full 10-game conference-only schedule:

Sept. 3 - at Illinois
Sept. 12 - Rutgers
Sept. 19 - at Purdue
Sept. 26 - Indiana
Oct. 3 - BYE
Oct. 10 - Nebraska
Oct. 17 - at Michigan State
Oct. 24 - Michigan
Oct. 31 - at Maryland
Nov. 7 - at Penn State
Nov. 14 - BYE
Nov. 21 - Iowa
Nov. 28 - OPEN
Dec. 5 - Big Ten Championship Game

The regular season starts the weekend of Sept. 5 and runs through Nov. 21. Nov. 28 is a uniform open date. The 10 games would be played over at least 12 weeks, with each team having two open dates, for a total of three. If necessary, makeup games can be played during bye weeks.

If the coronavirus situation dictates, the season could start Sept. 12, 19 or 26.

The Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis remains scheduled for Dec. 5 but could moved as late as Dec. 19.

The conference said all sports will be required to test for COVID-19 a minimum of once a week.

Sports with high contact risk, including football, will need to test at least twice a week. Athletes and staff are required to fill out a daily symptom questionnaire before using any facilities.

If anyone has close contact with anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 or is near someone suspected of having the virus, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

If someone tests positive and is asymptomatic, they are to isolate for at least 10 days.

If someone tests positive and is symptomatic, they will be required to isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and for at least 24 hours after recovery.

The conference's medical protocols for all sports can be viewed here.

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