Report: B1G expected to wipe out 6-game requirement to play in championship game
The B1G is changing its rules.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich is reporting that the B1G is expected to eliminate the 6-game requirement for the conference title game, which would allow Ohio State to play for the B1G title with only a 5-0 record. The news comes after Michigan had to call off Saturday’s game against the Buckeyes due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Indiana was sitting at the No. 2 spot in the B1G and had met the minimum requirement. Ohio State defeated the Hoosiers in a head to head contest 42-35. If the Buckeyes would have played this weekend and lost to Michigan, the Bucks still would’ve been the representative for the B1G East.
Sources tell @CFBHeather that the Big Ten is expected to change the 6-game requirement for the league title game, pending further approval from athletic directors, SWAs and presidents/chancellors. This would allow #OhioState to face #Northwestern next week in Indianapolis.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 9, 2020
Per Dinich, a vote is expected to come sometime today.
Northwestern has already clinched a spot in the B1G Championship Game with a 5-1 record. The Wildcats close out the season with Illinois before they’ll play in their second conference title game in three years.