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Scarlet Sunrise: Big Ten spends weekend meeting, decision looms

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The Big Ten is on the brink of reinstating football. (Thomas J. Russo/Imagn)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Big Ten spends weekend meeting, decision looms

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Big Ten spends weekend meeting, decision looms

The Big Ten could have an approved plan for fall football soon — but the plan hasn’t ben finalized yet.

After a weekend full of meetings that included details about the medical protocols needed to safely play, discussions about the best date to kick off the season and feedback from broadcast partners, the Big Ten appears to be on the brink of reinstating a fall football season that would most likely begin on Oct. 17.

The conference’s Return to Play task force met with the top decision-makers for a roughly two-and-a-half hour presentation on Sunday, and while that didn’t yield a final vote, the mood from multiple Big Ten sources was decidedly optimistic.

The Detroit Free Press first reported on Sunday that there would be no decision immediately following the meeting. Lettermen Row sources had previously indicated that the process could spill over into Monday or potentially even Tuesday, though the path appears to be relatively clear for teams like Ohio State to play this season once teams that either aren’t comfortable or able to execute an October plan were given the option to opt out of the plan.

For more on the the decision, when it could come and what it will include, click here for the latest developments from our Austin Ward.

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Buckeyes fall out of AP Poll

The second-longest active AP Poll streak in the country came to an end Sunday afternoon: Ohio State is not ranked for the first time since 2012.

The Buckeyes were No. 2 in the AP Preseason Poll, which was released last month and included teams that had their seasons canceled this fall. But now that some of the teams still playing football in September have games under their belts, the poll no longer includes teams from conferences who canceled.

And with that, Ohio State fell out of the AP Poll for the first time since 2012. They had been ranked in 132 consecutive poll releases.

Clemson maintained the top spot in the poll, followed by Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Florida. But Ohio State could soon find out if it will become eligible for the poll again this season.

If the Big Ten does vote to allow a season this fall, the Buckeyes could find themselves back in the top five of the rankings in the coming weeks. But the streak of consecutive appearances is over, stopped at 132 weeks, not by Ohio State’s play or a crushing loss. The streak ends because the conference didn’t allow them to play.

For the full poll released Sunday, click here.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.