No. 2 Ohio State announced late Friday that it had to cancel its game with Illinois on Saturday due to a COVID-19 outbreak of some scale within the program. The only person we know for sure to have contracted the coronavirus is coach Ryan Day as the university does not allow for the release of names or even the total numbers of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19.
What we do know is that the Buckeyes have now had two games canceled — the other was Nov. 14 against Maryland — and that is the most they can have drop off their schedule and still remain eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game. We also know that the first two Big Ten teams to have a game canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on their own squads did not just have one game drop off their schedules but two.