Report: Michigan vs. Maryland canceled due to COVID issues with Wolverines

Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines. (USA Today)
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan Wolverines. (USA Today) /

Michigan and Maryland was scheduled to play this Saturday but due to COVID issues, the game is off. 

The Big Ten has been struck with another COVID-related blow. Michigan and Maryland were slated to play each other this weekend, but the game is the latest to be tossed into the scrap heap of canceled matches due to concerns over COVID-19.

According to Pete Thamel, the game will no longer be played on Saturday.

Michigan and Maryland game canceled after virus issues with Wolverines

It’s unlikely that it will end up being played at all, as the Big Ten has made it standard practice to straight-up cancel games rather than reschedule them like other conferences have been doing.

Michigan and Maryland are just the latest schools in the Big Ten to be battered by COVID-19. Minnesota has halted all football activities for the foreseeable future, while Wisconsin had the first portion of an already shortened season wiped out following an outbreak after the conference’s first official game of the year in October.

Ohio State is trying to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive despite having to cancel its game against Illinois last week. Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day tested positive for the virus and will not coach this weekend against MIchigan State.

Michigan and Maryland not playing don’t impact the greater college football landscape, outside of it sparing Jim Harbaugh another weekend of embarrassment, but it’s still a significant blow to the Big Ten. The conference initially canceled its football season due to safety concerns regarding the virus. After it was bullied into playing a season by boosters, fans, and parents of players, what we’re now seeing play out is exactly what could have easily been avoided.

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