Ohio State's game at Illinois on Saturday was canceled Friday because the Buckeyes have had a spike of COVID-19 cases this week.

The cancellation came about seven hours after Ohio State, ranked fourth in this week's initial College Football Playoff poll, announced coach Ryan Day had tested positive and wouldn't travel with the team to Champaign, Ill.

The team did not fly to Illinois as scheduled Friday night so additional COVID testing could be conducted in Columbus. After returning additional positive tests, the game was called.

Ohio State did not reveal how many members of the program had tested positive, as has been the school's policy all year.

This is the second game of the Big Ten season Ohio State has had canceled, putting the Buckeyes in a precarious position to compete for a Big Ten and national title. The Buckeyes were fourth in the first College Football Playoff rankings released earlier this week.

Big Ten rules require teams to play at least six game in this abbreviated season to be eligible to play in the conference championship game. The minimum could drop if the average number of games played by all Big Ten teams falls below six. In that case, teams would be eligible to play in the conference championship game as long as they are within two of the average.

Ohio State (4-0) has only two games remaining on its regular-season schedule: at Michigan State on Dec. 5 and home against Michigan on Dec. 12. The Big Ten Championship Game is Dec. 19.

No. 18 Wisconsin already has lost three games after the Gophers canceled earlier this week because of a COVID-19 outbreak. That will leave the Badgers, the preseason Big Ten West favorites, with only five regular-season games.

Day is the 19th major college football coach this year to publicly acknowledge testing positive for the virus. Another is Alabama's Nick Saban, who tested positive for COVID earlier this week and will miss the Iron Bowl against Auburn. Others to miss games include Purdue's Jeff Brohm, Florida State's Mike Norvell and Arkansas' Sam Pittman.

Women's soccer player will dress for Vandy

Women's soccer player Sarah Fuller will don a football uniform Saturday for Vanderbilt and is poised to become the first woman to play in a Power 5 game when the Commodores visit Missouri.

"Let's make history," the senior goalkeeper wrote Friday on Twitter with a photo of herself wearing a football jersey with a soccer ball between her feet while holding a football in her hands.

No woman has appeared for any Power 5 football team. Liz Heaston became the first woman to score with two extra points for Willamette in NAIA on Oct. 18, 1997.

Katie Hnida was the first woman to score at the FBS level with two extra points for New Mexico on Aug. 30, 2003. April Goss was the second with a PAT for Kent State in 2015. Tonya Butler was the first woman to kick a field goal in an NCAA game for Division II West Alabama on Sept. 13, 2003.


• Wisconsin cornerback Rachad Wildgoose is declaring for the NFL draft and isn't expected to play in the Badgers' remaining games this season. The 5-11 junior from Miami injured his shoulder in the first half of a 17-7 loss at Northwestern last week and had his arm in a sling for the second half of the game.

• The Southeastern Conference announced a series of scheduling moves to make up games on Dec. 5 that had been previously postponed. Alabama will play at Louisiana State and Arkansas will visit Missouri. Alabama at Arkansas, Mississippi at LSU and Missouri at Mississippi State still need to be rescheduled.