Thanks to COVID-19 complications, the Ohio State Buckeyes will not be facing their historic rivals from Ann Arbor this season for the first time since 1917.
However, their season isn’t over.
The Big Ten is amending its six-game minimum rule and will be allowing the Buckeyes to compete in the conference title game against Northwestern on December 19.
In collaboration with #B1G COP/C & Conference office, ADs & SWAs ✅ vote to eliminate game requirement in 2020 #B1GFCG.@NUFBFamily vs. @OhioStateFB in #B1GFCG 🏆
Decision based on competitive analysis regardless of 🏈 Ws or Ls this weekend.
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) December 9, 2020
The conference released the following statement:
“The Big Ten Conference Administrators Council, which includes the Directors of Athletics and Senior Women Administrators from all 14 member institutions, voted today to eliminate the minimum-game requirement for participation in the 2020 Big Ten Football Championship Game.
“The decision was made in collaboration with the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors and the conference office. The decision was based on a competitive analysis which determined that Ohio State would have advanced to the Big Ten Football Championship Game based on its undefeated record and head-to-head victory over Indiana regardless of a win or loss against Michigan.”
– – Quotes via Big Ten Link – –