Big Ten is expected to change the rule that football teams must play 6 matches to qualify for the conference title

The Big Ten is expected to change its policy that teams must play six matches to be eligible for the conference championship and are likely to pave the way for the unbeaten Ohio State No. 4 to face the Northwest team on December 19th. , pending further approval from the league, sources told ESPN.

The Big Ten Athletics Directors met Wednesday morning, and although they received support to participate in the Buckeyes Conference Championship in just five games, a larger group, including Athletics Directors and senior women administrators, still has to vote on the political change. , and finally must receive approval from the presidents and chancellors of the university.

Several sources told ESPN that the meeting was cooperative and there was a consensus that the sixth game would not change the position of the Big Ten East Division. If Ohio State finds another opponent to replace Michigan, the Buckeyes will still win the East, win or lose.

The Buckeyes ’place became an issue in the offseason Tuesday when Michigan canceled its regular-season rival game due to COVID-19 problems within the Wolverines program. It was Ohio State’s third missed match this season, after others against Illinois and Maryland.