Desmond Howard suggests Michigan State could cancel Ohio State game over Buckeyes' virus concerns
Another ESPN college football analyst is breaking out the conspiracy theories as it relates to Ohio State’s remaining two games.
Kirk Herbstreit made headlines on Tuesday night when said he thought Michigan would “wave the white flag” and back out of the matchup against Ohio State scheduled for Dec. 12. Herbie later apologized for that comment, though he’s still catching plenty of grief.
On Wednesday morning, the conspiracy theories continued, as fellow College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard suggest Saturday’s Michigan State-Ohio State game may not get played. With recent COVID-19 issues in Columbus, Howard believes the Spartans may tell the Buckeyes to turn around and head back to Ohio due to the increased number of positive tests.
“I wouldn’t be surprised now, if Ohio State gets on a plane, they get to East Lansing and, because of the number of positive tests a week ago, Michigan State’s medical staff is not comfortable with their team going out and playing this game because of the unknown that they’re trying to figure out with the positive test,” Howard said on ESPN’s Get Up. “And then Mel Tucker and that group says, ‘Uh, yeah, you guys may wanna go back to Columbus because we’re not comfortable playing this game.'”
Desmond Howard just speculated on Get Up that Ohio State could travel to East Lansing and Michigan State would tell them to go home because they aren’t comfortable with the number of positive tests the Buckeyes have had pic.twitter.com/2Ludj30wnM
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Ohio State currently sits with a 4-0 record but needs to finish out the season against Michigan State and Michigan to qualify for the B1G Championship Game. If one of those games is canceled, the Buckeyes will not meet the minimum requirement to participate.
Last week, Ohio State canceled Saturday’s game against Illinois.