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Big Ten announces Ohio State-Michigan to be played on October 24 ... if it happens

The Game is bumped to its earliest point in a long time.

Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines after a college football game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2019 in Ann Arbor, MI. Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images

The college football season may not happen, but until that decision is formally announced, conferences are announcing their football schedules. If the season happens, conferences are moving to conference-only football this fall.

The Big Ten announced their full schedule on Wednesday and it will result in a significantly earlier matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. The annual rivalry matchup will take place on October 24th, marking the first time in 87 years The Game has not taken place in November.

The move can’t be too harmful to Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh’s record against the Buckeyes, as he’s lost five in a row since returning as head coach in Ann Arbor. tOSU has won eight in a row overall against That Team Up North, and with the exception of The Spot in 2016, the games haven’t been particularly close.

The 2019 version was a 56-27 blowout that was over shortly after halftime, with Ryan Day picking up his first pair of gold pants as head coach. The game is normally played at noon on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but with everything changing in college football this season it’s not a surprise to see it moved here.

Ohio State is -230 to repeat as Big Ten champs, while Michigan is +1000 currently at DraftKings Sportsbook.

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