Ohio State's 2020 Game Against Michigan Will Be Played on Dec. 12, The Final Day of the Regular Season

By Dan Hope on September 19, 2020 at 10:50 am
Thayer Munford vs. Michigan in 2018

The Game is back in its traditional home at the end of Ohio State and Michigan's regular-season schedules.

This year's rivalry game, which will be played in Columbus, is scheduled for Dec. 12, will kick off in its traditional noon time slot and will be televised on FOX, the network announced during its Big Noon Kickoff show on Saturday.

It will be the first time the Ohio State-Michigan game has ever been played in December and the latest The Game has ever been played.

On the Big Ten's original schedule for the 2020 season, the Buckeyes and Wolverines were set to face off on Nov. 28, the final week of the original regular season and the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the day The Game has been played every year since 2010. When the Big Ten announced its first conference-only schedule on Aug. 5, however, The Game was moved up to Oct. 24 – which will now be the opening weekend of the season – and was set to be the Buckeyes' seventh game of the year.

This year's edition of The Game is currently slated to be played in a mostly empty Ohio Stadium, as the Big Ten made a conference-wide decision not to open games to the public this year – at least for the beginning of the season – due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio State will be seeking its ninth straight win over the team up north in this year's rivalry game, as Ryan Day will look to improve to 2-0 against Michigan while Jim Harbaugh will look to avoid falling to 0-6 against the Buckeyes as the Wolverines' head coach.

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