For the first time in more than a century, Ohio State’s football team will not play Michigan.
The 2020 edition of The Game has been canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak among the Wolverines. Michigan called off last week’s game against Maryland because of it and the COVID numbers have not improved enough to play this Saturday in Columbus.
“The number of positive tests has continued to trend in an upward direction over the last seven days,” Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel said in a statement. “We have not been cleared to participate in practice at this time. Unfortunately, we will n to 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 always will come first in our decision-making.”