Michigan football announced today that their game against Ohio State this Saturday is canceled. This is not altogether surprising, given the tea leaves that had been coming out of Ann Arbor in the last week, but the Buckeyes are now in a tough spot. Either they must find themselves a new opponent for this weekend, or the Big Ten needs to change its championship game rules.
Ohio State has played five games, and Big Ten rules stipulate that six games must played for title game eligibility. Two of the three games that Ohio State missed were due to COVID-19 issues in their opponents’ programs.
Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said twice last week that Big Ten athletic directors should revisit the rules for Ohio State’s eligibility. We’ll see what they do now.
I have repeatedly advocated for the Big Ten to change its rules. Ohio State is undefeated, they already beat Indiana, and every other team in the Big Ten East has at least two losses. If the conference cannot secure another opponent for Ohio State for Saturday, it is a no-brainer for them to change the rules.
OutKick founder Clay Travis has called for Texas A&M and Ohio State to play:
Winner would clearly get in the playoff and not need to play any more games the rest of the season. It’s a no brainer, honestly.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) December 8, 2020
Would the Big Ten and SEC agree to do that? It would be blockbuster TV if they did.