COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--The coronavirus pandemic has directly impacted the Ohio State football team, in preparation of a game this weekend.
The OSU Athletics Department announced Wednesday that this Saturday's game at Maryland has been canceled, due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Terrapins football program.
At least five cases at Maryland have been confirmed, and the team shut down its athletic facilities on Wednesday.
The game will not be rescheduled, and will remain a "no contest", under the Big Ten's coronavirus scheduling guidelines.
Ohio State's next scheduled game is now November 21st against Indiana, at Ohio Stadium.
It's the first time an OSU football game has been canceled since the 9-11 terror attacks in 2001, but that game was eventually rescheduled.
Under the Big Ten Conference's scheduling guidelines for 2020, a team must play at least six games in order to be eligible to participate in the conference championship game.
The Buckeyes can now have only one more game canceled and still be eligible to play for the 2020 conference title.