“There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” Evans said. “We realize that this news is disappointing to all of the Maryland fans out there who were looking forward to the Terps taking on an outstanding Ohio State team, but the responsible thing for us to do is pause football activities, given the number of positive cases currently in our program.”
“We’re obviously extremely disappointed that we’ll be unable to host Ohio State this Saturday,” said head coach Michael Locksley. “It was an opportunity that our team was preparing for and excited about. However, we have and always will keep our players, coaches and staffs safety at the forefront of our decision making process. We’ll continue to operate as much as we can virtually as we monitor the situation in hopes of returning to play when it’s deemed safe.”
The cancellation reduces the total number of scheduled games for both teams this season to eight. That is particularly consequential for Ohio State as the Buckeyes are jockeying for a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff against teams from leagues such as the ACC and SEC that are scheduled to play more games in the 2020 season. Ohio State’s next scheduled game is against No. 10 Indiana on Saturday, Nov. 21.