UPDATE: The Big Ten has voted to eliminate the games played requirement. Ohio State will play Northwestern in the conference championship game.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The Big Ten is set to clear a path for Ohio State to play in the conference championship game.
Conference members are expected to vote Wednesday to remove the six-game minimum requirement to be eligible for the Big Ten championship game, according to multiple media reports. Ohio State is 5-0, and its last scheduled game before the title game Dec. 19 in Indianapolis was canceled on Tuesday because of COVID-19 cases in the program of its opponent, Michigan.
The conference had the option of finding a new opponent for Ohio State this week, but even if the Buckeyes had played and lost, they would still be the winners of the East Division. In second place is Indiana (6-1), whose loss was to Ohio State. The Hoosiers have canceled their game this week against Purdue over COVID-19 concerns in both programs.
Representing the West Division will be Northwestern.
A Big Ten championship will only help the Buckeyes in their push to make the four-team College Football Playoff. They are currently ranked fourth.