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Why Ohio State’s COVID-19 outbreak, game cancellation may impact its College Football Playoff chances

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.

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Watch Sarah Fuller kick off for Vanderbilt and make college football history

At the start of the third quarter of the Vanderbilt-Missouri game Saturday, Sarah Fuller made college football history. By taking the field for the opening second-half kickoff for the Commodores, Fuller became the first woman to play in an SEC and Power 5 game.



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Winless Vanderbilt has struggled with kicking this season. Some of the team’s specialists were not available to play because of COVID-19 protocols, so it turned to Fuller, a 6-foot-2 Wylie, Texas native and senior goalkeeper on Vanderbilt’s soccer team, which finished its season last Sunday with its first SEC Tournament title since 1994. And not long after that, Fuller was with the football team practicing kicking through the uprights this week.

Related: 5 things to know about Sarah Fuller

And, as The Tennessean‘s Adam Sparks reported Saturday, Fuller was the only kicker to travel with Vanderbilt for the Missouri

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Ohio State’s Best Path to the College Football Playoff

Ohio State fans across the country woke up Saturday morning playing the what-if game. How could the Buckeyes still manage to play in the College Football Playoff if they can’t get on the field in the next week or so?

Obviously, this week’s game against Illinois was cancelled at roughly 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday night. That’s hard to swallow, because it’s Ohio State’s second cancelled game over it’s first six scheduled contests. If the Buckeyes can’t play either one of the next two weeks for any reason (whether its their own issues with the virus or if either Michigan State or Michigan have similar outbreaks in their own locker rooms), they won’t meet the minimum threshold of games to qualify to play in the Big Ten championship game.

According to Dave Revsine of Big Ten Network, assuming that the four remaining games across the league today are played,

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Boston College Defeats UMass 4-3 in Return to the Ice

Jack McBain recorded his third career multi-goal game and Matt Boldy netted the game-winner early in the third, as Boston College opened the season with a 4-3 victory over UMass.

The Eagles had to wait a little longer than expected to start the 2020-21 season, but that seems normal in the Covid-19 world. They were slated to open the season against New Hampshire last weekend before an inconclusive test postponed the two games. This weekend was expected to feature a home-and-home with Providence, but some schedule shuffling saw the 1-0-1 Minutemen arrive at the Heights for the Friday night game.

The matchup between the top two teams in the Hockey East preseason poll did not disappoint. Despite the high-scoring result, goalies Matt Murray and Spencer Knight played well in net, recording 28 and 30 saves apiece. Murray was particularly strong in the late stages of the game, allowing the Minutemen

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College Football Rankings 2020: Latest NCAA Week 13 Standings, Final Poll Review | Bleacher Report

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Notre Dame’s critical road victory over North Carolina on Friday afternoon kicked off a busy Week 13 in college football.

But as the Irish improved to 9-0, Oregon suffered its first letdown with a 41-38 loss to rival Oregon State. Elsewhere on Friday, Iowa State notched a key Big 12 triumph, while Iowa edged Nebraska to earn its fourth straight win.

Ten ranked programs will be in action Saturday, and the most notable game is the Iron Bowl between top-ranked Alabama and No. 22 Auburn. Trevor Lawrence is expected to make his much-anticipated return as No. 3 Clemson hosts Pitt.

The ranking below reflects the College Football Playoff poll.

                  

Top 25 Review

1. Alabama (7-1) vs. No. 22 Auburn
2. Notre Dame (9-0) W 31-17 at No. 19 North Carolina
3. Clemson (7-1) vs. Pitt
4. Ohio State (4-0) IDLE
5. Texas A&M (5-1) vs.

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Pope inducts Archbishop Wilton Gregory to College of Cardinals

Nov. 28 (UPI) — Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory to the College of Cardinals in Vatican City, making Gregory the first Black American to hold the rank of cardinal.

Gregory was presented with a ring and a scroll, as well as a skullcap called a zucchetto and a four-cornered silk hat called a biretta.

Thirteen men became new cardinals at the induction, called a consistory. This year’s ceremony has special health requirements because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including quarantines for the men, who are all in the at-risk age for complications from the virus.

Two of the appointees, Cornelius Sim of Brunei and Jose Fuerte Advincula of the Philippines, participated via a special live stream because of coronavirus travel restrictions.

Gregory, a Chicago native, was formerly the Archbishop of Atlanta between 2005 and 2019. Gregory has focused on diversity in the church, including welcoming members

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College basketball rankings: Virginia plummets in Top 25 And 1 after San Francisco pulls off upset

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No ranked team had a more different first two games than Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers. On Wednesday, they opened with an 89-54 blowout of Towson in which they made 15 of the 29 3-pointers they attempted. Looked great. But then, on Friday, they suffered a 61-60 loss to San Francisco in which they missed nine of the 12 3-pointers they attempted. Looked terrible.

“[We have to] look in the mirror [and] grow from it,” Bennett told reporters after Friday’s loss.

The good news is that if there’s any program built to do exactly that, it’s probably the one that in 2018 became the first No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed before bouncing back in 2019 and winning the NCAA Tournament. In other words, I’m not concerned about Virginia’s ability to bounce back. But

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College football scores, NCAA top 25 rankings, schedule, games today: Florida, Oklahoma State in early action

After two straight weeks off, Clemson is returning to the field Saturday with something to prove. The Tigers sit at No. 3 in the College Football Playoff Rankings and can ill-afford a lackluster performance against Pittsburgh with No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 6 Florida also in action Saturday as the race for CFP positioning heats up.

The 7-1 Tigers might have their hands full with a Panthers team that improved to 5-4 with a 47-14 thrashing of Virginia Tech last week. If Clemson slips up, the Aggies or Gators could be ready to slide into the playoff picture. Texas A&M is seeking revenge for last year’s 50-7 loss to LSU, while No. 6 Florida will be looking to to keep its offense rolling against a Kentucky team that gave up 63 points to Alabama last week. Meanwhile, No. 7 Cincinnati should have no trouble against Temple but will be

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No. 3 Ohio State-Illinois live stream (11/28): How to watch college football online, TV, time

Update: Ohio State has canceled Saturday’s football game at Illinois because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the No. 4 Buckeyes’ program and has paused all team-related activities indefinitely after additional positive tests were revealed Friday evening, the school announced.

No. 3 Ohio State continues to put points up and will look to continue the momentum against Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 28. The game will be live streamed on fuboTV.

The problem, though, last week was the Buckeyes (4-0, 4-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) had a comfortable four-touchdown lead early in the second half and had to survive an Indiana comeback to escape with a 42-35 win.

In their previous game, the Buckeyes allowed Rutgers to score 24 in the second half. Meanwhile, the Illini have won two straight.

Illinois (2-3, 2-3) running backs Mike Epstein and Chase Brown each had more than 100 rushing yards last week, together accounting

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BIG NOON KICKOFF Announces Big Ten Championship Game Kickoff Time, Discusses College Football Playoff Rankings and More

On today’s edition of BIG NOON KICKOFF, host Rob Stone, analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Urban Meyer and Charles Woodson and reporter Bruce Feldman look at the Big Ten’s Championship Game criteria, break down the first College Football Playoff rankings and more.

FOX Sports announced on today’s show that the Big Ten Championship Game moves to the network’s premier BIG NOON SATURDAY time slot, at 12:00 PM ET on Saturday, Dec. 19. That weekend, BIG NOON KICKOFF will be live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 10:00 AM ET.

Feldman reports on the criteria for teams to be eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game:
“Even though the Buckeyes sit there at 4-0, if they are not able to play the next two games in the regular season, then they would fall behind the Big Ten criteria for the minimum six games

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