Ohio State is a powerful football program. We all already knew that, but it’s becoming more and more apparent with the Big Ten’s decisions.
First, it was changing the six-game requirement to play in the conference championship game. That put the 5-0 Buckeyes in a position to win the Big Ten, and they did just that against Northwestern on Saturday.
The problem? The team is dealing with COVID-19 issues. The current rule in place is a 21-day window to return to play. Of course, that’s not going to work with the first round of the College Football Playoff coming up on Jan. 1, 2021.
In other words, Ohio State might be in trouble unless something is changed — that 21-day rule, in particular. But don’t fret, the Big Ten is reportedly discussing making a change to that rule as well.
According to a tweet with Pete Thamel at Yahoo Sports, Buckeyes coach Ryan Day hinted that the conference is considering another change that would benefit his team.
Ryan Day hints that the Big Ten 21-day rule is being discussed. Says it's being looked at really hard. Gene Smith pushed hard for change last week. Will be a big decision looming for Big Ten next week.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 19, 2020
If that rule is altered, then it would put Ohio State in a much better position to get back to full strength before that semifinal Playoff game to kick off the new year.
There’s no denying that the Big Ten has bent over backwards to help the Buckeyes. But let’s also be fair, that 21-day rule should have never existed in the first place. Neither should that six-game requirement, if I’m speaking candidly.
It looks like Ohio State is going to get in, and as football fans, we should want them to be at full strength. Otherwise, it could be yet another first-round blowout.
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