No. 3 Ohio State's game at Illinois on Saturday has been canceled because the Buckeyes have had a spike of COVID-19 cases this week, leaving the the Big Ten's best team precariously close to being ineligible to play for the conference title. The cancelation Friday night came about seven hours after Ohio State announced coach Ryan Day tested positive and wouldn't travel with the team to Champaign, Illinois. The team did not fly to Illinois as scheduled Friday night so additional COVID-19 testing could be conducted in Columbus, Ohio.
Justin Fields and Ohio State are scoring points by the truckload, as expected, but cracks in the defense have made for some unsatisfying finishes of late for the No. 3 Buckeyes. Down 35-7 early in the second half, the Hoosiers fought back, leaving the Buckeyes (4-0, CFP No. 4) and their exploited secondary happy to get out of nearly empty Ohio Stadium with a 42-35 win. The previous week, the Buckeyes got a surprising late battle from Rutgers.
Chase and Sydney Brown are living a football dream at Illinois. Chase Brown played four games in 2019 but redshirted for the remainder of the season before returning to the lineup full-time this year. Illinois (2-3) has won two straight games going into Saturday's showdown at home against No. 3 Ohio State (4-0).