Ohio State, Michigan game may be played earlier

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Good news: This November, Michigan may not lose to Ohio State.

If the Big 10 plays football this year (reportedly, the league is still considering pulling the plug), the biggest rivalry in the conference, if not in the country, may happen a lot earlier than usual.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the game could be scheduled for September or October, as a “hedge” against the pandemic preventing the game from being played in late November, as it usually is.

Also, if the game is set for the early weeks of the season, it can then be postponed, if necessary.

As explained during Friday’s PFT Live, the Big 10 seems to be much more aware of the challenges of playing college football in a pandemic. Other major conferences, like the ACC and SEC, have decided to plow ahead with football season, despite the various factors that could put players and coaches at risk, that could contribute to the local spread of the virus, and that could cause the entire system to collapse under the weight of multiple outbreaks.

7 responses to “Ohio State, Michigan game may be played earlier

  1. its an outdated rivalry. michigan simply cannot compete at the top level anymore, they could have the best coaches and facilities, but michigan is just one of many big 10 teams that elite talent rarely ever comes through. Michigan would barely be bowl elgible in the true league, the SEC, where “It Just Means More”.

  2. We’ve already lost 6 MLB teams (after only 6 days) from a sport that is designed to be socially distant. No chance football, hockey, or basketball finish their seasons/tournaments. They will all start because… well, money… but they won’t finish.

  3. Lol. That game is boring like all Little 10 games. Watching paint dry is just as exciting.

  4. SwaggyD says:
    July 31, 2020 at 11:42 am
    We’ve already lost 6 MLB teams (after only 6 days) from a sport that is designed to be socially distant. No chance football, hockey, or basketball finish their seasons/tournaments. They will all start because… well, money… but they won’t finish.
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    I’m more positive about the NHL and NBA, for no other reason than they are following the bubble president that MLS is using with success.

    The baseball news has to be more troubling to the NFL, since both aren’t using a bubble to protect the players. That’s why I don’t blame guys for sitting out, and why I don’t think we’ll have a full season.

  5. Trying to explain the craziness of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry to people in California is almost impossible. Among other things, you have to explain why Michigan has the Upper Peninsula.

    I feel awful for the kids who are dying to play NCAA sports this season, but I don’t see football, basketball, or hockey happening safely until there’s a vaccine. And that may be a while.

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