The biggest domino of Week 15 has tumbled. The Big Ten matchup between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines scheduled for this Saturday has been canceled due to Covid-19 concerns for Jim Harbaugh’s squad.
The option for the Big Ten Conference to alter the rules seems likely, as leaving Ohio State out gives the conference likely no chance at the College Football Playoff and the tens of millions of dollars available. Not to mention the chance of having a national champion in Ohio State.
Under current Big Ten rules, Ohio State would not be eligible for the conference championship game because they have only played five times this season in league play. No chance at a Big Ten title for Ohio State could also mean no chance at the College Football Playoff.
However, word on the street is that the conference is looking at changing the rules to allow Ohio State to go forward anyway. While it was the Buckeyes that canceled the Illinois game, it was Maryland and Michigan that had the Covid-19 controls in place for the other two missed contests.
If the rules aren’t changed, the Indiana Hoosiers will represent the East Division and will play the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, December 19th in Indianapolis. If they are, we’ll see the Buckeyes take the field.
Prepare for lots of in-fighting and drama this week in the midwest.