The Nebraska Cornhuskers aren't able to play this weekend, but it's to no fault of their own.
Wisconsin decided to cancel Saturday's game at Nebraska due to a COVID-19 outbreak within their program. The Badgers have 20-plus COVID-19 cases inside their program, according to a Saturday morning update.
Nebraska still wanted to play a game, so the Huskers worked out an agreement with UT-Chattanooga. Unfortunately for the Huskers, the Big Ten denied the school's request to play.
“At Nebraska, we will always make decisions based on what is best for our student-athletes, and to provide them with the best possible experience during their college careers,” Nebraska AD Bill Moos said. “To this point, the young men in our program have worked hard to prepare for the football season and have made the necessary sacrifices in order to play in this unusual environment. With an already shortened season, we owed it to our student-athletes to explore any possibly option to play a game this week.”
Dan Patrick reported on his show on Friday that two Big Ten schools were in support of the Huskers playing this weekend: Ohio State and Michigan.
“Nebraska has already tweaked their noses at the Big Ten earlier this year when they decided they wanted to go out and they were going to go rogue and just play because the Big Ten wasn’t going to play,” Patrick said. “This what I got yesterday. The presidents in the Big Ten agreed no non-conference games prior to the restart here. Ohio State and Michigan were for Nebraska playing because they know it could happen to them. They revisited this yesterday but no traction. Ohio State realizes that if they get a game canceled they still want to be able to schedule a game just so they have enough games to play in the final four. And Michigan is thinking the same way.
“If Wisconsin can’t have all these games, Wisconsin is not going to be able to have any thought of competing for one of those final four spots. Ohio State knows this is really tricky right now. They can’t afford anything to happen where a game is canceled and they’re not making up these games. So Ohio State and Michigan, I don’t know if they lobbied for Nebraska to be able to play, but they were certainly in their corner for them to be able to play a football game this weekend because they know that that could happen to them.”
The Big Ten's season is only one week old, but things are already getting very interesting.