Report: B1G AD's expected to allow Ohio State to play in B1G Championship Game with 5-0 record
It appears Ohio State will get to play in the Big Ten Championship Game after all.
Despite a 5-0 record heading into a Week 8 matchup with Michigan that’s in serious jeopardy due to COVID-19, the Buckeyes will reportedly be allowed to represent the Big Ten East in the conference title game.
That’s per Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, who says Big Ten athletic directors are expected to change the previous rule that said teams needed to play a minimum of six games to win a division title.
B1G ADs will likely change B1G title game requirements to allow 5-0 Ohio State in title game if it can’t play 6th league game, sources told @Stadium. But it won’t be an easy decision, source said. A win in B1G title game would all but guarantee Buckeyes a spot in @CFBPlayoff
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 5, 2020
Despite the lack of games played, Ohio State has remained in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings.
Earlier this week, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez implied that the conference may come to this decision.
Alvarez also floated the idea of giving Ohio State a different opponent in Week 8 to ensure the Buckeyes can play the required six games.
It’s possible Michigan will be able to pull it off, but officials said earlier this week they are “pessimistic” about that matchup given their current COVID-19 situation.
Ohio State defeated Michigan State 52-12 to move to 5-0 on Saturday.