Only in 2020: Michigan, Ohio State called off due to COVID-19

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

One of the most historic rivalries will not be played in 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines football teams will not be played on the field.

The Wolverines have been dealing with an outbreak. The Buckeyes also had several positive tests.

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave makes a reception against the Michigan State Spartans
Chris Olave makes a reception against the Michigan State Spartans (Photo by Ohio State Buckeyes Football/Instagram)

Even Ohio State head coach Ryan Day had his own battle with the virus.

“The number of positive tests has continued to trend in an upward direction over the last seven days,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said. “We have not been cleared to participate in practice at this time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to field a team due to COVID-19 positives and the associated quarantining required of close contact individuals.

“This decision is disappointing for our team and coaches but their health and safety is paramount, and it will always come first in our decision-making.”

This is the second college football game that has been canceled this weekend. The No. 7 Cincinnati Bearcats and No. 24 Tulsa Golden Hurricane was previously canceled.

The Wolverines have lost two straight games due to the coronavirus. On December 5th, their game with the Maryland Terrapins was canceled.

The Buckeyes returned to the field on Saturday against the Michigan State Spartans after having their game with the Illinois Fighting Illini canceled on Saturday, November 28th. Ohio State guided Larry Johnson to the school’s first win as a black coach with Day unable to coach.

With this dilemma, the Buckeyes will not qualify for the Big Ten Conference Championship. The Conference is meeting on Wednesday to meet to discuss if they’ll change their requirements that were set forth at the beginning of their postponed season.

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