If 2020 wasn’t hard enough already for the Ohio State Buckeyes, it’s even worse now. OSU’s Week 4 matchup against Maryland has been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols. Maryland shut down all facilities after having eight players test positive for COVID-19 in the past week. Due to the delayed season and the Big Ten’s policies, this game will not be made up with no room made into the schedule for postponed games.
Not having an OSU game to watch this week is a real bummer. There is no denying that. Outside of the loss of a game, some other worries come with it and a possible bright side.
The worry is that having one less game played will hurt Ohio State’s future. If COVID-19 issues continue next week and the game against Indiana is canceled, a problem may arise. If Indiana then wins out the rest of the season, they would have one more win than Ohio State and make the Big Ten Championship instead of OSU. The hope is that next week’s game happens, but this worry still exists.
On the other hand, a bye week can’t hurt. Since COVID-19 didn’t hit the Buckeyes (knock on wood), they can continue to practice in their time off. Even though the team is relatively healthy, they can take some time to refresh before the second half of the season. They can also take a step back and look at where they need work. For one, coach Ryan Day has been concerned about their play in the second half. I’m sure that will be at the top of his list to address.
COVID-19 is not only impacting the Ohio State-Maryland game, as seven other games are also canceled, with some more potentially to come. Most of the cancelations coming in the SEC, but all of these games will be played later. We will miss Ohio State football this week, but let’s pray for all players to remain safe and get ready for the potential top-10 matchup against Indiana next week.