Report: Wisconsin's game at Nebraska is in jeopardy
Wisconsin’s scheduled contest with Nebraska may be in jeopardy due to the Badgers’ struggles with COVID-19.
That’s according to a report from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jeff Potrykus.
#Badgers game at Nebraska may not be played. Stay tuned.
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) October 27, 2020
According to that report, Wisconsins’ positivity rate is “close to the threshold” that would require the Badgers to shut down their program for at least seven days.
The Big Ten has strict guidelines for how many positive cases it would take to cancel a game:
“If a team positivity rate (number of positive tests divided by total number of tests administered) exceeds 5 percent or its population positivity rate (number of positive individuals divided by total population at risk) is more than 7.5 percent, the program can’t practice or play in a game for at least seven days.”
This is a significant departure from what Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst had to say about the situation earlier in the week. He said he was “confident” the game would be played given what he knew then about the situation.
Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz reportedly tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. Less than 48 hours earlier, he threw five touchdown passes in a victory over Illinois.
Since then, Mertz has reportedly produced a second positive test, confirming the diagnosis. Backup quarterback Chase Wolf has also reportedly tested positive and is awaiting confirmation.
The game would be declared “no contest” and neither team would receive a result if it is cancelled.