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Ohio State In Dangerous Territory After Illinois Game Gets Canceled

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, that is not the worst news of the day. It was later announced that the Illinois game was being canceled due to more positive tests.

Several media outlets carried the news on Twitter, but The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel made an interest point. If either of Ohio State’s remaining two games are canceled, the Buckeyes would not be eligible for the Big Ten title game next month.

This is obviously massive news.

The reason Ohio State would not be eligible is a policy put in place by the conference. In order to play in the Big Ten Championship Game, the team has to play a minimum of six games. The Buckeyes already had to cancel the Maryland game back on Nov. 14.

That means another canceled game would put them below the six-game threshold to be eligible. What would that do to their College Football Playoff chances? It’s hard to say at this time, as COVID-19 has forced a more flexible and accepting approach.

But this is obviously going to cause some controversy and debate regardless.

The last two games on Ohio State’s schedule includes a road game to Michigan State and a home game against Michigan. In other words, Jim Harbaugh might finally have a chance to keep the Buckeyes out of the Playoff.

He just has to figure out a way to avoid playing them.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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  1. Is this practice of canceling games and shutting down programs and facilities ever going to end? Not just college football, but the pros too? And all sports?

    I understand the logic, and I understand that without these “precautions” we would have never had football this season, but it also feels like we’ve painted ourselves into a corner, not just in football but also in all facets of life now and I don’t see how we get away from it.

    If covid is the worst thing EVAR! (which it’s not) and we’re never going to eliminate it, then I don’t see how we ever stop the Potemkin reaction to it. The politicians had their “stand down” moment earlier this year and chose to double down on the hysteria; I don’t see them changing these policies in the future and admitting they were wrong. And without the politicians backing off and admitting it’s not the worst plague of all time, I don’t see how sports leagues can get away from these “precautions”.

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