Big Ten Expected to Change Six-Game Rule Allowing Ohio State to Qualify for Conference Title Game

By: Matthew Zimmer

(UPDATE: 1:15 p.m.): It’s decided, the Big Ten eliminated the rule.

The Big Ten’s release:

(ORIGINAL 11:11 a.m.): The Big Ten is expected to get rid of the rule requiring teams play six games to qualify for the conference championship game paving the way for Ohio State to play in the game, according to ESPN’s Heather Dinich and Adam Rittenburg.

The Buckeyes could still find an opponent — Oregon v. Ohio State anyone? — to play a sixth game, but if the conference eliminates the six-game rule, they won’t need to scramble for a game.

Also, as mentioned by Dinich on Tuesday, Ohio State could play Indiana if Purdue cancels. Well, that just happened.

So, what I’m getting at is simple. Ohio State has options. Big Ten eliminates the rule, don’t play at all. Play Indiana again. Play Oregon.

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