In an effort to avoid some of the chaos college football saw in the 2020 season, conferences have been making firm decisions on forfeits for teams that miss games due to outbreaks. Today, the Big Ten Conference announced what its policy on football forfeits will will be.
The Big Ten has announced that teams that cannot compete due to COVID-19 outbreaks will be considered a forfeit. However, if both teams are unable to play, the game will be deemed a no contest.
The policy follows what just about every other college football conference has done this year. Conferences have set up 12-game regular season schedules with no wiggle room for rescheduling.
What the Big Ten will do if a team can’t make the Big Ten Championship Game remains an interesting topic. But fans are more concerned about the conference bending the rules to allow Ohio State to play if it benefits them more.
Last season, Ohio State did not meet the previously agreed-upon number of games for Big Ten title game eligibility. The conference changed the rules at the last minute to allow them to compete with a 5-0 record rather than 6-1 Indiana.
The Big Ten, like many other conferences, has announced that if a team is unable to play a football game this fall due to COVID-19, that game will be considered a forfeit and will not be rescheduled. If both teams are unable to play, the game will be considered a no contest.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 23, 2021
“So does this apply to Ohio State too, or do they get their own set of rules?” one fan asked.
“Does not apply to Ohio, they’ll determine their own conf policy. Approved by (Commissioner Kevin) Warren,” another fan replied.
Fans aren’t going to like seeing games get canceled if that’s what ultimately happens. We can only hope that teams manage to avoid big COVID-19 outbreaks in order to avoid that becoming an issue.
Will we see any Big Ten football games result in a forfeit this season?
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