The Purdue Boilermakers at Indiana Hoosiers football game has been canceled due to COVID-19, it was announced on Wednesday.
The two schools were scheduled to battle for the Old Oaken Bucket at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday, Dec. 12. The game was canceled due to “…rising COVID-19 numbers at both schools.”
Below is a joint statement from Indiana Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson and Purdue Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Bobinski.
“We’re certainly disappointed that we had to cancel the Old Oaken Bucket game. We both understand the history and tradition of one of the best rivalries in college football, but the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is our primary priority. We will continue to monitor the situation on both campuses and listen to the advice of our medical professionals.”
This is the second game canceled for Purdue this season following the cancellation of their game at Wisconsin on Nov. 7. Purdue (2-4) is currently scheduled to close out the regular-season against a Big Ten opponent to be determined on Saturday, Dec. 19.
The Purdue contest is the first cancellation for the Indiana Hoosiers, who are 6-1 and ranked 12th in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings. The Hoosiers will also play a conference opponent to be determined on Dec. 19.
Indiana has technically won the East Division, but it appears the league will change their minimum game rule which will give that title to Ohio State.