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Ohio State vs. Maryland canceled due to elevated COVID-19 numbers at Maryland

Saturday's college football game between Ohio State and Maryland has been canceled due to elevated COVID-19 numbers in the Maryland program.

Editor's note: The video in the player above is from Ohio State's win over Penn State on Oct. 31

Saturday's college football game between Ohio State and Maryland has been canceled due to elevated coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers within the Terrapins' program, Maryland announced on Wednesday afternoon.

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According to the Maryland football program, eight of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus in the last week.

"There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff," Maryland director of athletics Damon Evans said in a statement. "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."

In a statement, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said: “The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes is our main concern. Obviously, we are disappointed at not being able to compete this week, but I am incredibly proud of our team and the way they have handled themselves throughout this entire pandemic.

“We wish Maryland, their student-athletes and programs well as they battle through this issue.”

The cancellation of Saturday's game between the No. 3 Buckeyes and Terrapins marks the eighth Division I contest to be canceled or postponed this week. In addition to Ohio State at Maryland, games featuring top-25 teams including No. 1 Alabama at LSU, No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee, No. 12 Georgia at Missouri and No. 24 Auburn and Mississippi State won't be taking place as originally scheduled this weekend.

After originally postponing its football season to the spring in August, the Big Ten is now entering the fourth week of its 2020 campaign after opting for a delayed eight-game schedule that began the weekend of Oct. 23-24. Ohio State will return to action on Nov. 21 when it hosts Indiana at Ohio Stadium.