Ohio State cancels 2016 game with Central Michigan
The Ohio State Buckeye’s have cancelled their 2016 match-up with Central Michigan that was slated for 2016.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio State officials informed Central Michigan in a letter that they would be canceling the game to accommodate the Big Ten nine conference game schedule.
In order to prepare for the looming playoff system in college football, many conferences, including the Big Ten, have considered a nine-game conference schedule to place teams in better standing with the new system. The SEC also considered the nine game schedule for their conference however after voting the top coaches of the SEC have decided to keep the current formula.
The Buckeyes signed the deal to play the Chippewa’s in Ohio Stadium on September 24, 2016, however now Urban Meyer and Ohio State will open the season against instate rival Bowling Green on September 3. The following week will feature a home opener against Tulsa on September 10 and the final non-conference game of the season against Oklahoma on September 17. It is unclear at this time what the financial impact of the cancellation will have on the Buckeyes.
Although 2016 Big Ten conference schedules and beyond has yet to be released, SB Nation has reported that no future match-ups against Central Michigan and the Buckeyes are currently scheduled.