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With Big Ten returning, college football still faces more of the unknown

The calendar says it's late October. The colors of leaves and the emergence of sweaters say the same. But here on Planet College Football, the concept of time is hard to grasp. The game's internal clock needs a reboot. The coronavirus pandemic has taken our mileposts and shuffled them like a deck of cards.

The calendar can't tell you who's on the schedule, the way it has for generations. Michigan and Minnesota are playing Saturday night for the 104th time, but the Little Brown Jug game has never been a season opener.