Top-10 team has 2nd straight game canceled due to COVID outbreak
One of the top teams in the country won’t be in action again this Saturday.
On Tuesday, it was announced that this week’s game between Purdue and No. 10 Wisconsin has been canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak among the Badgers. They have 27 active cases within the program (all since Oct. 24) and have had five positive tests (two staff members and three players) since this past Saturday.
“I share in the disappointment of our student-athletes and staff,” Wisconsin director of athletics Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “We have seen a level of improvement in our testing numbers, but not enough to give us confidence to resume normal activities and play our game on Saturday. We will continue to test regularly, take the proper health-related precautions and look forward to getting our team back on the field as soon as possible.”
The game will not be made up. Also, if Wisconsin has one more game canceled this season, it will be ineligible to play in the Big Ten Championship Game.
This is the second straight week the Badgers have had their game canceled, as this past weekend’s road matchup against Nebraska was also scrapped. Wisconsin hasn’t played since its season-opening 45-7 home win over Illinois on Oct. 24.
Wisconsin announced it would have another update regarding its situation on Saturday.
If the Badgers can return to action for their next game, they’ll go on the road to face No. 23 Michigan on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.