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No. 4 Ohio State vs. Illinois game canceled due to Covid-19

Yet another game is off the board this weekend, this time involving a team targeting the College Football Playoff.

Quarterback Justin Fields of the Ohio State Buckeyes passes against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium on November 21, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

The Ohio State vs. Illinois game scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to Covid-19.

Earlier today Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day was diagnosed with the virus as well. The Buckeyes were listed as 28-point favorites over the Illini tomorrow at DraftKings Sportsbook.

OSU is 4-0, but will want as many data points as possible heading into the College Football Playoff with SEC teams such as Texas A&M and Florida, as well as independent Cincinnati, also potentially being in the mix for one of the playoff spots. At best now, the Buckeyes will finish the season at 7-0 with wins over Michigan State, Michigan, and in the Big Ten Championship game. But if those two regular season games don’t get played, they’ll be ineligible to play for the Big Ten title.

And I don’t care how good you are: The College Football Playoff isn’t taking a 5-0 team. Even teams such as Cincinnati (who could still potentially add a game next week) would be 11-0 if they ran out with their schedule.

If the Buckeyes handle their business and get the games in, they’ll likely be in good shape with Notre Dame and Clemson potentially rematching in the ACC Championship. But even though it’s “just Illinois” it could very much have an impact on the final Playoff outcome.