The Wisconsin/Nebraska game is the 37th from the Football Bowl Subdivision to get postponed or canceled this season, so this has been a national trend. "Since there are no open dates on the revised 2020 Big Ten football schedule, the game will not be rescheduled".
Saturday's Big Ten West matchup between Wisconsin and Nebraska has been canceled after a number of people within the Badgers' program tested positive for COVID-19.
"This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday", Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst said.
The Badgers are on pause for at least seven days, and that means the team would have two days to prepare for the matchup with Purdue.
The Big Ten also monitors each school's positivity rate on a seven-day rolling average to determine whether practice or game play can continue for that team. Wisconsin's next scheduled game is November 7 at home against Purdue.
"I don't confess to be an expert on this", Chryst said. "Over the past several days we have seen a rising number of student-athletes and staff contract the virus". Also reported as testing positive is Graham Mertz, the redshirt freshman quarterback who tossed five touchdown passes in last week's 45-7 victory over IL.
Last year's starting quarterback, Jack Coan, is already out indefinitely following foot surgery.
The state of Wisconsin has been hit hard by the virus lately. The Big Ten confirmed to the Star Tribune that it would not count as a win or loss.
The Big Ten's return-to-play policies regarding COVID-19 are among the most-stringent in the country. The only way that wouldn't apply is if all teams in the conference averaged fewer than six games played. The Badgers need to play five of those games to eligible for the Big Ten championship game.
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