College Football Playoff rankings 2.0: Will Ohio State hang on to final spot?
SportsPulse: Dan Wolken reacts to the second College Football Playoff rankings and believes Ohio State can get into the playoff without qualifying for the Big Ten championship game given the committee’s track record.
The Michigan Wolverines will not play this weekend, as its contest against the Maryland Terrapins has been canceled after COVID-19 issues within the Michigan program, which will pause practices until Monday.
All of college football will now wait to see if the Wolverines will be healthy enough to play next weekend against the rival Ohio State Buckeyes, who need to play each remaining game on their schedule to reach the six-game minimum to be eligible for the Big Ten championship game.
The Buckeyes currently hold the No. 4 spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.
This is the first cancellation for Michigan, but Big Ten teams that have experienced outbreaks during the truncated season have usually missed two consecutive games as a result; Wisconsin, Minnesota and Maryland have experienced such layoffs.
Saturday’s game between Charlotte and Florida International has been canceled, but Charlotte will play this weekend. The 49ers will play Western Kentucky on Sunday at noon ET. That game had been moved to Dec. 1 before it was called off.
Also, the game between Alabama-Birmingham and Middle Tennessee State scheduled for Saturday is off.
Ole Miss cancels practice Wednesday
For the first time this fall, Ole Miss football has had to cancel team activities because of COVID-19.
The team released a statement Wednesday morning saying Wednesday’s team activities were canceled out of an “abundance of caution.” The team is using the time to conduct contact tracing after a small number of players tested positive for COVID-19.
Pending additional tests, the statement says, practice is expected to resume Thursday. The Rebels are off this weekend.
— Nick Suss, Mississippi Clarion Ledger
San Jose State vs. Hawaii moved on-island
The same health orders in Santa Clara County that forced the Stanford Cardinal and NFL’s San Francisco 49ers to relocate also led to this matchup, originally a home game for the Spartans, becoming an on-island affair hosted by the Warriors.
Kent State vs. Miami (Ohio) canceled
Coronavirus-related issues and contact tracing among Kent State players canceled the team’s matchup against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Kent State is preparing for its season finale at home against Ohio on Dec. 12.