With the college football season up in the air, one of the bigger questions is whether schools across the country can operate on the same timeline. The varying spread of the coronavirus, even within conferences, makes that hard to imagine.
Take the Big Ten.
While Michigan and Michigan State are at low risk based on the spread of the virus in Michigan, a study by Ticket iQ shows that the Big Ten has the worst COVID-19 safety index among Power 5 conferences.
Six of 14 teams in the Big Ten -- Penn State, Nebraska, Maryland, Illinois, Northwestern and Rutgers -- are at medium-high COVID-19 risk based on the rate of transmission in their respective states, the highest percentage of schools in the Power 5.
The Pac-12, by comparison, has zero schools at high risk, and only one school -- Colorado -- at medium risk. The SEC also has zero schools at high risk.
About two-thirds of Power 5 schools are at low risk. Along with Michigan and Michigan State, the others in the Big Ten are Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio State.