Ohio State Football Cancels Illinois Game Due to COVID-19

COLUMBUS, OH - JUNE 25: The sign for Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio is shown on June 25, 2017. It is the home of the Ohio State University Buckeyes.

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The Ohio State football program has canceled this weekend’s game against the Illinois Fighting Illini.

The No. 4-ranked Buckeyes were forced to cancel the game after positive COVID-19 tests within the program.

The school immediately paused all football-related activities.

It is the second game that Ohio State has been forced to cancel this season due to the coronavirus.

“We have continued to experience an increase in positive tests over the course of this week,” Director of Athletics Gene Smith said.

“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our main concern, and our decisions on their welfare will continue to be guided by our medical staff.”

The biggest question for the Buckeyes will now be how the game cancellation could impact the program’s chances of reaching the College Football Playoff.

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