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Michigan-Ohio State game canceled over COVID-19 concerns

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the sideline during the first quarter of the team's NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the sideline during the first quarter of the team's NCAA college football game against Wisconsin in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Ding) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Michigan and Ohio State will not play this weekend due to the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the Wolverine’s program.

“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,” said Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel.

The cancellation puts Ohio State at five games total on the season. Per the Big Ten, six games are needed to participate in the conference championship game against Northwestern.

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Per ESPN, should the conference not alter its rules and Ohio State were to not play Saturday, Indiana would be the East Division’s representative in the conference championship game.

One possibility? With Purdue pausing team activities and possibly having to opt out of its game against Indiana, a Hoosiers-Buckeyes game could happen.

Another possibility? With the Aggies’ game against Ole Miss being canceled, many are calling for an Ohio State-Aggies match up.