Ohio State College Football Playoff hopes reached a critical level following the cancellation of this weekend’s game in Illinois on Friday, with the Buckeyes canceling the schedule for the second time this season because of COVID-19. Head coach Ryan Day there were several members of the Ohio state program who achieved a positive result and forced a safety decision to compete.
According to the revised Big Ten rules for the season, if one of Ohio State’s two remaining games is canceled, either Michigan State (December 5) or Michigan (December 12), the Buckeyes will not be eligible to play the Big Ten Championship.
Teams must play at least six matches to travel to Indianapolis (unless the average number of matches played in the Big Ten teams falls below six).
The unbeaten Buckeyes were in 4th place on Tuesday night’s initial standings – behind a defeated Clemson – and could be eliminated from the Top 5 this week, depending on other results.
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Here are some of what they say nationally about Ohio State’s playoff efforts if the Buckeyes lag behind another game and qualify as unfit to play in the Big Ten Championship: