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Big Ten Teams Forfeit If Unable To Play Because Of COVID-19

Aug 23, 2021, 9:40 AM
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A detailed view of the Big Ten Yard Marker during the game between the Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Michigan Wolverine on August 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Mountaineers 52-14. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — The Big Ten is the latest Power Five conference to announce that a team must forfeit if it doesn’t have enough players available for a league game because of COVID-19.

The Big Ten said the team that forfeits will be assessed a loss in the conference standings and its opponent will be credited with a win.

If both teams are unable to compete on the date of as scheduled conference game because of COVID-19, and the game can’t be rescheduled, it will be considered a no contest.

The Power Five conferences appear headed toward having similar forfeit policies.

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