Otherwise, it will be up to the Big Ten to change the policy of a team that has to play six games to be eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game.
On that note, the Big Ten released a statement acknowledging the cancellation and what it means for the future. I would take this as an encouraging sign, knowing that there is still work to be done with the athletic directors of the conference and other combinations.
You Big Ten:
“We are aware of the cancellation of the football game between the University of Michigan and Ohio State University this weekend. ”
“The decision was made today by the University of Michigan due to a growing number of positive COVID-19 cases and student-athletes in quarantine over the past week. Michigan made its decision after conversations with medical experts, health department officials and university administration.
“We are living in unprecedented times. The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, supporters, campuses and surrounding communities remain the number one priority of the conference and its member institutions.
“The rivalry between the state of Michigan and Ohio is one of the most important rivalries in all sports. The conference shares the disappointment of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, partners and fans. The conference is committed to transparency and will continue to work with stakeholders from its member institutions to determine the requirements for participation in the Big Ten Football Championship Game as well as any tiebreakers.
I would stay tuned on this. Looks like the conference is going to try and get their best team to have a shot at playing in the Big Ten Championship Game, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
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