The move is one more illustration of college football changing its standards on the fly during the pandemic.
The Big Ten, confronted with the chance of being closed out of the College Football Playoff — and the $6 million or more payday that accompanies it — revamped its standards on Wednesday so Ohio State could be set in its gathering title game regardless of playing only five games this season.
The Buckeyes, 5-0 and positioned fourth, were confronted with the possibility of not gathering the six-game edge to meet all requirements for the Big Ten title game on Dec. 19 after Michigan on Tuesday dropped this current end of the week’s contention game between the groups in view of a Covid flare-up inside the program.
Presently, after the meeting’s Administrators Council, which incorporates athletic chiefs and senior ladies directors, changed the guidelines and wiped out a base game limitation, Ohio State will confront No. 14 Northwestern in Indianapolis for the gathering title. The Buckeyes will likewise have an upper hand for that game, with a compelling bye this week after the Michigan wiping out, while Northwestern plays Illinois on Saturday.
The meeting said in an explanation that the choice depended on “a competitive analysis,” on the grounds that regardless of whether Ohio State had lost to Michigan it would have still completed in front of Indiana, the runner up in the gathering, whose one misfortune in seven games came to Ohio State, 42-35, on Nov. 21.
The choice, in the same way as other including the Big Ten this year, didn’t give off an impression of being consistent.
“Although we understand the conference’s decision, we are disappointed,” Indiana Athletic Director Scott Dolson said in an articulation, which likewise recognized that the Hoosiers got an opportunity to acquire a spot in the title game with a success at Ohio State.
The Big Ten move was the most recent case of rules contrived for this season being modified on the fly. The Atlantic Coast Conference dropped the last games for Notre Dame and Clemson to guarantee they would play in the title game. The Pac-12 prior improved its standards so that groups whose adversaries had dropped games could plan nonconference games. (Nebraska had looked for a comparative change in the Big Ten, yet was rebuked.)
In any case, in an indication of how delicate the season has been, there is an opportunity Indiana might not have had the option to play one week from now in any case. On Wednesday, Indiana, alongside rival Purdue, together canceled their Saturday game due to flare-ups on the two groups. That crossing out methods just three of the gathering’s 14 groups (Penn State, Rutgers and Iowa) get an opportunity to play a total eight-game timetable.
Furthermore, in the Pac-12, Washington reported Wednesday it was stopping group exercises in front of Saturday’s down at Oregon, which is to decide the victor of the North division. On the off chance that the game is dropped, Washington would progress to play Southern California or Colorado in the Pac-12 title game — on the off chance that it can do as such.Big Ten changes rules to let Ohio State to play in Conference Championship game
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