Reactions: What next after Ohio State-Michigan cancellation threatens Buckeyes' CFP hopes?
When Saturday's Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game was canceled Tuesday afternoon because of ongoing COVID-19 cases among the Wolverines, many wondered what it might mean for the 5-0 Buckeyes' College Football Playoff hopes and their eligibility for the Big Ten title game if they're unable to schedule another opponent for this weekend.
As of right now, Ohio State would need to schedule another opponent to play its sixth game and become eligible for the Big Ten title game.
ESPN college football analyst Heather Dinich said this on SportsCenter:
Sources say that Big Ten athletic directors are meeting on Wednesday. I would expect that they discuss this six-game rule. The athletic directors are the ones who implemented the rule. They have the power to change it. I think that it would also have to go to presidents and chancellors. But remember in November, the Big Ten presidents and chancellors approved a rule that says if two teams are healthy and can play and their opponents cancel games because of COVID-19, those two teams can play each other - even if they've played before. So follow me here: Ohio State cannot play Michigan. ... I got an email from Purdue. Purdue canceled practice today as it awaits its COVID-19 results. If Purdue cannot play Indiana - and Indiana and Ohio State are both sitting there without opponents - those two teams can play each other if that all works out. So there are still a lot of possibilities to get Ohio State that sixth game. So the ADs might not even have to change that rule if Purdue can't play Indiana.
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Earlier in the day, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats' regular-season finale Saturday at Tulsa was canceled due to COVID-19 cases within the UC program.
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