The Big Ten Conference had decided to play a conference only schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic, canceling the Oregon Ducks matchup with Ohio State.
The picture of college football in the fall will look very different than it has in the past as major conferences are deciding how best to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, the Big Ten Conference announced they are canceling the non-conference slate for 2020 and playing conference matchups only.
Ohio State was slated to come to Eugene the second week of the season. This game is now among the canceled matchups early in the 2020 season. There is hope that it will be rescheduled in the future and Oregon will likely still travel to Columbus for the game next year. At this time, it is not part of the cancellation.
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By Thursday afternoon, several other conferences started the process to follow suit, including the Pac-12 Conference and the ACC. The Conference of Champions could make an announcement in the coming days as teams look to stay closer to home and cut down on traveling in a time where it is not recommended.
Part of the change may be due to the fact that seven student-athletes tested positive for COVID19 at Ohio State, which was announced on Wednesday. While the report did not identify who the players were, it was across four sports. As of now, the Pac-12 has not announced any student-athletes who have tested positive for COVID 19. In the state of Oregon, Oregon State University is the lone Pac-12 school that has open reporting. The University of Oregon is not reporting test results to the general public.
There is currently no update on the Ducks first matchup of the season with North Dakota State, but I expect word will be coming soon. Oregon is still slated to play Ohio State next year in Week 2 on Saturday, September 11th.