All quiet: Ohio State holding off most media availability this week
It appears that everything is going full-steam ahead for Ohio State to return to the field this weekend against Michigan State, even if there is a bit of radio silence from the program.
Well, not exactly radio silence. The coach’s weekly radio show still goes on, no worries. And of course, there is news that the team’s schedule remains unchanged, pointing towards a game on Saturday.
Last week, Ohio State’s game against Illinois was cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols. It was the second cancelled game of the year for the Buckeyes, who are No. 4 in the nation and check in fourth in the recently released College Football Playoff as well.
Ohio State will not be holding any press conferences with coaches or players this week, but an Ohio State spokesperson said there have not been any changes in the team's status since practice last night. There will still be a coaches' radio show at noon Thursday.
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And while there won’t be any media availability today, head coach Ryan Day is planned to do his regularly scheduled weekly radio show. So not full radio silence.
Then again, that might not mean much given that Day did his show last week despite the game against Illinois eventually being cancelled.
But the big news here is that the team’s schedule remains unchanged, a positive sign given all the COVID-19 protocols that surrounded the team a week ago.
Ohio State needs to play this weekend against Michigan State. With the Big Ten requiring a minimum of six games played to qualify for the Big Ten Championship Game, the 4-0 Buckeyes don’t have much wiggle room.
If they don’t qualify for the conference championship game, there is the thought that even an undefeated Buckeyes wouldn’t make the College Football Playoff.
After Michigan State, the final remaining game of the Ohio State regular season is home to Michigan on December 12.