Big Ten Conference

It's almost 'go time' for Big Ten; Buckeyes favored again

There are stringent medical protocols, including daily antigen testing, and a positive result would require a player to sit out 21 days.

The Big Ten is on the third iteration of its schedule, following the original released in the spring and the 10-game slate put out in early August.

Mel Tucker takes over at Michigan State for Mark Dantonio, who retired after 13 years, and Greg Schiano returns to Rutgers to replace Chris Ash, who was fired four games into last season.

Some others are Purdue star receiver Rondale Moore, who was limited to four games because of injury; Minnesota 1,200-yard receiver Rashod Bateman; Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade; Michigan offensive lineman Jaylen Mayfield; and Michigan State defensive lineman Jacub Panasiuk.

Nebraska cornerback Braxton Clark (shoulder) likely is out for the season, and heralded junior college transfer wide receiver Omar Manning has missed practice time because of injury and personal issues.

6 Ohio State is favored to win a fourth straight league title and return to the College Football Playoff.

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