Bruce Feldman: Ohio State-Michigan State Next Week ‘Not Looking Very Promising’

As we’ve mentioned, Ohio State’s season is on the brink as they’re unable to miss any more games to meet the Big Ten’s threshold to play in the conference championship game. Today on FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff, college football insider Bruce Feldman says that it’s “not looking very promising” for Ohio State to be able to play Michigan State next week — with their case load, they don’t even know if they’ll be allowed in their facility before then:

As for whether the Buckeyes could qualify for the Big Ten championship game, Feldman notes that, to meet the threshold where the entire conference averages below six games played, 12 of the 14 Big Ten games over the remaining two weeks of the schedule would need to be canceled. That is highly unlikely to happen.

What we could hope for is for common sense to prevail. If Ohio State does not get six games played, Indiana is the likeliest participant out of the Big Ten East. Ohio State beat Indiana last week. On one hand, it would look silly for the Big Ten to change their own rules to accommodate Ohio State. On the other hand, it would look even sillier for Indiana to play Northwestern in the Big Ten title game after losing to the Buckeyes.

It’s the Big Ten’s fault they are in this mess with Ohio State right now, and if Ohio State cannot play versus Michigan State the conference’s most prudent move would be to change the rules.

Update: Urban Meyer, who recruited many of these players on Ohio State, says his heart goes out to them after the sacrifices they’ve made such as spending Thanksgiving in their dorm rooms. He also said the 21-day rule, which is twice as long as some other conferences, might mean that the season is over for some of the players:

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. The B1G is run by soy boy liberals who are afraid of their own shadows. It’s disgusting. It would be interesting to know if ANY of the players or coaches that have been “tested positive” have even been sick enough to require hospital care. No mention of that on any sports network. It’s a total scam on the college and professional sports environment. That said, they all get what they deserve by hiring liberals to run their schools and organizations.

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