“We have continued to see an increase in positive tests during this week,” Ohio state athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement. “The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our primary concern, and our decisions regarding their well-being will continue to be guided by our medical staff. ”
Ohio State came in 4-0 and was looking for another opportunity to bolster their college football playoff resume. Instead, the cancellation leaves the Buckeyes to a maximum of seven games before the CFP final selections are made on December 20. It should be noted, however, that if the Buckeyes see another game called off, they will not be eligible for the Big Ten. title by regulation of the league.
The missed game will also take some steam off the chances of Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields for the Heisman Trophy. The junior threw three interceptions in the Buckeyes’ 42-35 win over Indiana last week, but his overall stats for the season are impressive as he completed 90 of 113 passes for 1,208 yards and 13 touchdowns. Interceptions against the Hoosiers were his first of the season.