Ohio State's Day tests positive for COVID-19, won't coach vs

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields plays against Rutgers during an NCAA college football game Saturday Nov. 7 2020 in Columbus

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day has tested positive for COVID-19 and won't be with the Buckeyes when they play at IL on Saturday.

This is the second game Ohio State (4-0) has canceled this season, as the Buckeyes were unable to play November 14 at Maryland because of COVID-19 within the Terrapins' program.

The No. 4 Buckeyes (4-0) are scheduled to play at IL (2-3) on Saturday.

Fans took to social media to share their thoughts on the IL game being canceled. Ohio State announced it was canceling the game on Friday night a little more than 13 hours before kickoff.

New Ohio State face masks for sale:Here's where you can buy Ohio State-themed face coverings for coronavirus protection. In order for Ohio State to compete in the Big Ten championship game, it has to play - and win - both of its remaining regular-season games, on December 5 at Michigan State and December 12 at home versus rival Michigan. If Ohio State - or any CFP contender - is not able to play in its conference championship game because of cancellations, that doesn't mean it would be eliminated from the CFP discussion, but it wouldn't have the conference title as one of the tiebreakers the committee uses when teams are comparable. The increased number of positive tests didn't reach the threshold to cancel the game, per Big Ten Conference testing protocols. They can only miss one more game and still be eligible for Big Ten Championship game to be played on December 18. Alabama said Wednesday that coach Nick Saban had tested positive for COVID-19 and would miss Saturday's Iron Bowl. The teams are playing for the Illibuck Trophy, the carved wooden turtle that has been awarded to the victor of the Ohio State/Illinois game since 1925.

After having to reschedule two games this week because of COVID-19 issues, the Southeastern Conference announced a series of scheduling moves to make up games on December 5 that had been previously postponed, including Alabama at LSU. The Razorbacks were forced to postpone their game with the Tigers this week.

Utah will visit Washington after its scheduled Pac-12 opponents could not play, and San Diego State will play at Colorado in a nonconference game after Southern California could not play the Buffaloes.

The coronavirus has played havoc on the college football schedule in recent weeks.

Across college football, 16 of the 58 games originally scheduled for this week have been postponed or canceled, though some replacements have been added.



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