As if things couldn’t get worse for the Michigan Wolverines in 2020, they won’t get a chance to pick up a win in a game they were favored in this weekend as their contest with the Maryland Terrapins has been canceled due to Covid-19. The game was scheduled for Saturday in The Big House, and they were listed as a 4.5 point favorite at DraftKing Sportsbook.
Sources: Michigan's game with Maryland this weekend is off. There's COVID-19 issues at Michigan.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 2, 2020
Did this game matter in the grand scheme of things during this broken 2020 college football season? Not really. Michigan is 2-4, Maryland is 2-2, and neither of these teams were in contention for a division title. Losing this one just isn’t a big deal.
So they won’t play on December 5th, but the bigger story might be what could happen on December 12th: If the Wolverines don’t face the Buckeyes, Ohio State will be ineligible for the Big Ten Championship because they won’t have played a minimum of six games, and that means Michigan could keep Ohio State out of the College Football Playoff.
Ohio State grad and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had to apologize earlier this week for implying the Wolverines would add to positive Covid-19 tests on purpose, but let’s leave the intentions out of it: As of right now unless Michigan gets healthier, Ohio State will most likely not play for a conference championship. And there’s very little possibility of them playing for a national championship if that’s the case.