Big Ten scratches nonconference football, some other sports

COVID-19 scratches marquee games such as Badgers vs. Fighting Irish
Among the games sidelined include one that would have pitted Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame at Lambeau Field.

The Big Ten Conference won’t play nonconference games in football and a handful of other sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The league also warned today that it is “prepared not to play” at all to keep its athletes safe.

The decision affects more than 40 games, including some marquee matchups, such as the Wisconsin Badgers taking the field against Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

The announcement came a day after the Ivy League called off all fall sports.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said he is “very concerned” about the season.

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