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Indiana the first ever to win by Just The Tip...

Every man to play before has lost.
 

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I thought he was short, but it couldn't be overturned.

Crazy game though. Penn State looked sloppy as hell.

Also, that Michigan/Minnesota game was...strange. However, that is probably the most dynamic Michigan offense I've seen in at least a decade.
 

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Mertz has COVID (assuming it’s not a false positive), HUGE blow to Wisconsin. I hope the school is watching Fields like a hawk, this shit is everywhere.
 

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I hate the Big Ten. Was a reason even given as to why? Seems silly to punish Nebraska and their players by not allowing them to play a game due to Wisconsin's self inflicted issues. At the same time, not sure what real value a non-con game against Chattanooga brings. If it was Ohio State though I'd 100% want them to play against anyone they could get a game against.

Wisconsin should 100% have to forfeit this game. Minnesota was without half their o-line and special teams unit, which definitely had a big role in their loss, and they still played.
 

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Someone help me understand why Wisconsin is allowed to just cancel the game and get a NC instead of a forfeit?

The Big Ten has specific thresholds teams have to hit before they are forced to shutdown for 7 days. Wisconsin didn't hit those. So when they decided they didn't want to play anyway, HOW is that not a forfeit?

There's no doubt in my mind if the 6 players that tested positive were 2nd and 3rd string TEs and DBs, Wisconsin would be playing this game.

So now, going forward, what's the standard? If Wisconsin can cancel and get a no-contest w/o hitting the threshold, can't everyone? Whether it's just one player or 6?

Really really short-sighted decision by the B10.
 

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Someone help me understand why Wisconsin is allowed to just cancel the game and get a NC instead of a forfeit?

The Big Ten has specific thresholds teams have to hit before they are forced to shutdown for 7 days. Wisconsin didn't hit those. So when they decided they didn't want to play anyway, HOW is that not a forfeit?

There's no doubt in my mind if the 6 players that tested positive were 2nd and 3rd string TEs and DBs, Wisconsin would be playing this game.

So now, going forward, what's the standard? If Wisconsin can cancel and get a no-contest w/o hitting the threshold, can't everyone? Whether it's just one player or 6?

Really really short-sighted decision by the B10.
Does it really matter if it is a NC or a forfeit? At the end of the day they did not play. I am not sure if it matters what you call it when you look at rankings and records. The only way it would make a difference is if Nebraska and Wisconsin tie for 1st place in the division, in which case Nebraska should get the tie breaker.
 

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Does it really matter if it is a NC or a forfeit? At the end of the day they did not play. I am not sure if it matters what you call it when you look at rankings and records. The only way it would make a difference is if Nebraska and Wisconsin tie for 1st place in the division, in which case Nebraska should get the tie breaker.
Sure it matters. For a lot of reasons including tiebreakers and bowl games. Especially for Nebraska. They may finish further down the standings because of a NC instead of getting the forfeit win and get a lesser bowl game. Lots of things that can stem from this.

It doesn't just have to be a tie with Wisconsin.
 

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Sure it matters. For a lot of reasons including tiebreakers and bowl games. Especially for Nebraska. They may finish further down the standings because of a NC instead of getting the forfeit win and get a lesser bowl game. Lots of things that can stem from this.

It doesn't just have to be a tie with Wisconsin.
I guess how I took it is that the game just never happened, so Nebraska stays 0-1 and Wisconsin stays 1-0.
 

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Someone help me understand why Wisconsin is allowed to just cancel the game and get a NC instead of a forfeit?

The Big Ten has specific thresholds teams have to hit before they are forced to shutdown for 7 days. Wisconsin didn't hit those. So when they decided they didn't want to play anyway, HOW is that not a forfeit?

There's no doubt in my mind if the 6 players that tested positive were 2nd and 3rd string TEs and DBs, Wisconsin would be playing this game.

So now, going forward, what's the standard? If Wisconsin can cancel and get a no-contest w/o hitting the threshold, can't everyone? Whether it's just one player or 6?

Really really short-sighted decision by the B10.
Because Warren and the Big Ten are a bunch of pussies that didnt even want to play this season to begin with. I know that's not the real answer but I'm with you, a little transparency would be nice. Otherwise, it just sets a terrible precedent that if key players are out than you can just cancel the game with no repercussions as it's easier to do than risk playing with your 4th string QB and take a loss.

Going back to my point about the Minnesota thing it's interesting they are down their RG, RT, kicker, and punter but yet still played Michigan. Makes you wonder if they felt pressured or forced to play that game because College Gameday was there and it was the ABC/ESPN Primetime game of the week. As opposed to Wisconsin/Nebraska which was a mid day game on FS1.

This whole thing just reeks because what happens if Wisconsin ends up 7-0 and someone else like Iowa/Nebraska/Minnesota end up 7-1. Something tells me they saw all 3 of those teams that were supposed to be their direct competition for the West Division take losses last week and realized they were better off not playing and staying undefeated.
 

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I guess how I took it is that the game just never happened, so Nebraska stays 0-1 and Wisconsin stays 1-0.
So lets say Nebraska runs the table and goes 6-1. Another team in the Big ten goes 7-1. That team will finish ahead of them in the standings and get a better bowl.

Obviously, you can extrapolate this to playoff consideration as well.

Now, on the flip side, lets say Wisconsin runs the table and goes 7-0. Meanwhile, another team who played all 8 goes 7-1.

Wisconsin finished ahead of them but is that fair? Considering Wisconsin played 1 less game and had less chances to lose?
 

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So lets say Nebraska runs the table and goes 6-1. Another team in the Big ten goes 7-1. That team will finish ahead of them in the standings and get a better bowl.

Obviously, you can extrapolate this to playoff consideration as well.

Now, on the flip side, lets say Wisconsin runs the table and goes 7-0. Meanwhile, another team who played all 8 goes 7-1.

Wisconsin finished ahead of them but is that fair? Considering Wisconsin played 1 less game and had less chances to lose?
In the first case, I am sure bowl teams would take this into account, and most of the time, Wisc will probably get the better bowl, not because of record but because of the brand.

In the second case, that teams one loss would have been to Wisc, as the B10 is still doing divisions and Wisc is facing all the other teams.
 

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