The cost of COVID-19 testing, the protective equipment and other supplies are going to cost Ohio State’s athletic department a healthy chunk of change, according to a recent report.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State has budgeted $3.5 million for the necessary supplies to keep student-athletes, coaches and other staff and personnel healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The athletic department has been regularly testing its student-athletes, staff and coaches since the facilities reopened in June.

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Testing policies put in place by both Ohio State and the B1G help ensure that a football season can be played this season.

In August, the B1G made the decision to postpone the fall football season until spring. However, with new advancements in testing and new medical information available, the conference reversed its decision and reinstated the fall schedule.

Competitions are scheduled to begin on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Buckeyes open the season against Nebraska with a noon ET kickoff.