UPDATE 3:40 p.m.: Nebraska might still be trying to get a game in this weekend. Could they lure a last-minute opponent to Lincoln?
Nebraska has listed the Wisconsin game Saturday as canceled on its site, but the school has issued no statement yet. Not that it has to comment, but the silence leaves open the possibility that Nebraska is seeking permission from the Big Ten to play a nonconference opponent.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) October 28, 2020
UPDATE: The game is actually being canceled due to a lack of open weeks in the remaining schedule, per Nicole Auerbach. The decision comes, “due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Badgers program.”
Wisconsin’s football team is pausing all team-related activities for “at least seven days,” according to reporter Heather Dinich. Quarterbacks Graham Mertz and Chase Wolf both reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 and were undergoing PCR tests to confirm the positives. If the positives were confirmed, Big Ten health protocols would keep them out for at least 21 days.
Wisconsin is scheduled to face Purdue on November 7. The status of that game is still to be determined as the team figures out how long it must pause team-related activities.