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Report: Big Ten Football Could Start the Week of Thanksgiving

There might be hope yet for Big Ten football this fall

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Family gatherings, turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie.... and Penn State football? Well, according to report this could be exactly what happens.

After the Big Ten decided earlier this month to postpone their fall season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, it appeared there would be no Big Ten football this fall. Well, according to the USA Today among other outlets, there may be hope yet.

These reports state that discussions to start a Big Ten season, that would consist of at least eight games, the week of Thanksgiving are gaining steam. A big reason for this appears to be the new Abbott Labs coronavirus test that will cost just $5 and yield results in 15 minutes without having to send the test to a lab.

When the season was postponed a major concern the conference had was the lack of rapid testing. With that availability changing we may now see the Nittany Lions take the field this fall after all.

The conference has also discussed a season that would start in January and be played in dome stadiums across the Midwest. Starting the week of Thanksgiving, or potentially sooner, would be the better option, however. Not only would this avoid the conference being sidelined this fall while others play, but it will also allow the conference to be ready to start a full 12-game season on time next fall.

Do not lose all hope just yet, folks. We may get to see Journey Brown running all over Big Ten defense, while Shaka Toney, Jayson Oweh and Adisa Isaac terrorize quarterbacks again sooner than we originally thought.