Uh Oh! Ohio State

12/03/2020

On October 24, 2020, The Big Ten Conference began their delayed season due to coronavirus. Ohio State head coach, Ryan Day, stated in the Chicago Tribune that it was torture watching other power conferences like ACC, BIG 12, and SEC play their games while the Buckeyes sat out. The Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren announced the protocols are moving forward about canceled games and players missing time away from the football field. This Saturday, Northwestern vs. Minnesota and Maryland vs. Michigan games canceled due to COVID-19. The Big Ten cancellation policy states that either team's positivity rate is more significant than a percentage on the field will be a no contest. Players who test positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to play or practice for a minimum of 21 days.

Here is the problem:

Ohio State must play at least six games in the regular season to be eligible for the Big Ten Conference Championship. They have experienced two cancelation games (Maryland and Illinois). The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Michigan State this Saturday. However, their next opponent is Jim Harbaugh and his Michigan football team.  Should Michigan cancel next week's game, Ohio State will be considered ineligible to play. That will allow Indiana (5-1) to replace the Buckeyes and compete against Northwestern for the Big Ten Conference Championship. And if the domino effect continues, Ohio State may be voted out of the top 4 rankings from the College Football Playoff Committee. They are currently ranked four with Texas A&M (5) and Florida (6). That would be torture for Ryan Day and his Ohio State football team and maybe a victory for Jim Harbaugh and Michigan.