Last week, when the college football playoff selection committee released its first rankings of the season, the losing Ohio State Buckies were in a dangerous 4th place after a loss to the Clemson Tigers.
It was Before The alarming rise in COVID-19 cases within the program put the state of Ohio at risk for the rest of the season.
Now, there is no guarantee that the state of Ohio will be able to play enough games to qualify for the Big Ten Conference Championship game. Saturday’s match against Illinois is the second Ohio state game to be canceled this season, with a trip to Maryland on Nov. 14, due to COVID-19 concerns at Terrapins’ plan. According to the Big Ten, a team must play at least six games to participate in the conference title game. If the average number of games played in the league is six or less, that criterion will also decrease.
Here is good news for Ohio State and its fans: Teams do not need to play the minimum number of games to qualify for the semifinals.