The most interesting story in college football right now is being written in Columbus. After Ohio State canceled last weekend’s game against Illinois, the Buckeyes are just one cancellation away from being ruled ineligible for the B1G Championship Game and having their College Football Playoff hopes jeopardized.

But there’s some hope in Columbus. In fact, there’s growing optimism about the week ahead, according to at least one report.

Ohio State paused its team activities after an increase in positive test results, which included head coach Ryan Day. The original outlook to play this weekend’s game against Michigan State looked bleak a few days ago, but things may be changing.

Kyle Rowland of the Toledo Blade reported on Tuesday that, “There’s growing optimism that Ohio State will be able to resume team activities. Testing results were encouraging Sunday and Monday. Tuesday is significant and could be the final hurdle to returning.

Ohio State did allow limited, small group workouts to resume on Monday, though all team meetings were virtual. The Buckeyes are 4-0 on the season, and have had games against Maryland and Illinois canceled so far this season.

Left on the schedule for the Buckeyes is Michigan State and Michigan, as well as a Champions Week game. If Ohio State can find a way to play, and win, those remaining games, it’s shot at the College Football Playoff is strong. If not, it could be trouble for Day and his team.

Stay tuned. This is going to be an interesting storyline to follow over the next few days.