The Michigan-Iowa football match-up set for Saturday in Iowa City has been canceled as a result of COVID-19 worries with the Michigan program.
Michigan declared the cancellation Tuesday afternoon.
Michigan’s COVID circumstance has not improved since a week ago, when the school had to cancel its annual rivalry game against Ohio State. The Wolverines, who rehearsed Monday, were set to confront No. 18 Iowa as a feature of the Big Ten’s champions week.
Michigan will end its season at 2-4, the program’s initially losing record since going 5-7 in 2014, Brady Hoke’s last season as coach. Jim Harbaugh, who has finished his 6th season at Michigan, is set to start discussions about a potential new agreement. Harbaugh’s initial agreement with Michigan lapses after the 2021 season, and both he and athletic director Warde Manuel said they would start discussions after the 2020 season had closed.
A source revealed to ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren that Michigan is probably not going to play in a bowl game this season.
Iowa, which has won six straight since a 0-2 beginning, could find another adversary this week if other Big Ten teams can’t play. Something else, the Hawkeyes will anticipate a bowl invitation.
This denotes the second Big Ten cancellation of the week, as Indiana and Purdue prior Tuesday commonly agreed to cancel their annual contention challenge due to COVID-19 worries with the two projects. Saturday’s Big Ten title game will highlight No. 4 Ohio State against No. 14 Northwestern in Indianapolis.