Ohio State-Michigan Game Canceled Over Surge in Covid Diagnoses

There will be no Ohio State and Michigan football game in 2020, the University of Michigan announced Tuesday, citing positive Covid-19 tests and quarantine requirements.

The Dec. 12 matchup between the two schools -- arguably the biggest rivalry in U.S. sports -- would have marked their 117th meeting on the gridiron, one that fans in both states mark on their calendar each year. The game was to be broadcast by Fox.

“Unfortunately, we will not be able to field a team due to Covid-19 positives and the associated quarantining required of close-contact individuals,” said Warde Manuel, the University of Michigan’s director of athletics. “This decision is disappointing for our team and coaches but their health and safety is paramount, and it will always come first in our decision-making.”

The game was the last on the regular schedule for both teams, meaning Ohio State, at 5-0, may be ineligible for the conference championship game unless the Big Ten changes its six-game minimum rule. The team, while widely regarded as one of the most talented in the country, has played half the games of other national championship contenders.

The cancellation also ensures that Michigan will go a decade without a victory against its bitter rival.

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