Hoping to avoid their second-straight game cancelation, the Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) are scheduled to travel to East Lansing to battle the Michigan State Spartans (2-3) on Saturday.

If this contest is played as planned, however, the Buckeyes will be without head coach Ryan Day, who will be unavailable because of coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols.

In his second full season as Ohio State’s head coach, Day tested positive for COVID-19 on November 27.

Associate head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who has been a member of Ohio State’s staff since 2014, was set to serve as the acting head coach for the November 28 date with the Illinois Fighting Illini, which was ultimately canceled.

Ranked No. 4 in the November 24 College Football Playoff Rankings, the Buckeyes also had their November 7 game in College Park against the Maryland Terrapins wiped out, that time because of positive tests within Mike Locksley’s program.

Saturday’s clash will kick at 12 p.m. ET on ABC.

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