Ohio State revealed its mounting game on the team on Friday night in Illinois after a coronovirus test to its football game on Saturday. The cancellation was announced hours after the university revealed that fourth-place Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day had tested positive and would not travel to the game.
“This afternoon a round of PCR tests was followed by more positive tests for coronovirus,” the university said. in a statement, Without offering more information.
This is the second recent cancellation for Ohio State (4-0). It did not play its scheduled November 14 game against Maryland, which suspended football activities that week as the number of coronovirus cases increased. The reduced schedule could have held the Big Ten title and a shot at the national championship for the Buckeyes, who finished fourth College football playoff The preliminary ranking was released earlier this week.
“We have continued to increase in positive tests during this week,” Ohio State Athletic Director Jean Smith said in the statement. “The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our main concern, and our decisions on their welfare will continue to be guided by our medical staff.”
The Buckeyes have two games left on their schedule. Against Michigan State on December 5 and Michigan on December 12. The Big 10 title game is scheduled for 12 December. Big Ten rules require teams to play at least six games in this brief. To be eligible to play in a season conference championship game, but the average number of games played by all Big Ten teams can fall by six.
The Associated Press contributed to the reporting.