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Indiana vs. Purdue canceled by mutual agreement

The Bucket Game will not happen in 2020 due to Covid-19.

Purdue Boilermakers players hold up the old oak bucket after a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 Bucket Game will not take place. The Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers agreed to cancel the game due to the results of Covid-19 testing. Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson and Purdue Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Bobinski released the following statement.

“Upon the advice of our medical professionals and in following the guidelines and protocols established for this season, we are not able to play Friday. As we stated last week, we know the history and tradition of this great rivalry game and how much it means to our current students, alumni and fans. Both universities worked extremely hard in an effort to play, but at this time it just isn’t possible. We are certainly disappointed that we cannot play in 2020, but look forward to seeing each other on the field next season and competing once again for the Old Oaken Bucket.”

This means the regular season has come to an end for both teams. Indiana finishes the season 6-1, and due to the Big Ten changing its rules last week, will not get to play for the conference championship. The consensus projection has the Hoosiers playing USC in the Fiesta Bowl on January 2nd. Purdue finishes the season 2-4 after a four-game losing streak.