“I also believe the coaches and all the past players want us to play,” Fields continued. “They believe in the guidelines Ohio State has set. To me, that is the biggest message.”

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“I talked to (Clemson quarterback) Trevor Lawrence not too long ago about this movement. It was a movement we wanted to get behind.”

Lawrence returned to the field on Saturday after missing two games due to COVID.

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This just stuff writes itself sometimes because we should have seen this coming. Back in June, which feels so long ago, Ohio State was doing everything it could to show the world that it was willing to risk it all just to play a game. The school asked parents and players to sign the “Buckeye Pledge,” which was a coronavirus risk waiver that purported to give the school protection from liability if anybody contracted it when they came back to campus for offseason workouts. All the players signed it. But it’s not like they had a choice, as a failure to comply with the pledge and rules could lead to a player losing out on “athletic participation privileges.”

Just a few months ago, the Big Ten was the only adult in a room full of children. They had decided that it wasn’t going to play football. And then it buckled. There was also too much money at stake, as the conference made at least $781.5 million off football last year.

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I hope it was worth it. Here’s how things are going in the Big Ten.

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The Buckeyes, the conference’s best shot at making it to the College Football Playoffs, are just a few more positive COVID tests from being ineligible.

Michigan is having one of its worst seasons in program history and just lost to Penn State on Saturday that came into the game winless.

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Northwestern, the other Top 10 team in the conference, just lost its first game of the season to a pathetic Michigan State squad, derailing its dreams of making it to the playoffs.

Wisconsin had two quarterbacks with COVID within the first few weeks of the season.

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Indiana looks like it could wind up being the conference’s best team due to Ohio State’s issues, and the Hoosiers are a basketball school.

And then there’s Nebraska sitting at 1-4. This is the part where I remind you that Nebraska tried to go rogue before the season started, and when it finally did, they tried to schedule Chattanooga as a replacement opponent before the Big Ten shut it down.

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This is what the culture of football, as a whole, has come to in 2020.

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For all of you that feel sorry for Ryan Day, Ohio State, and those in control at the Big Ten, I ask that you save your sympathy for the players, as the adults failed them.

A few months ago, the Big Ten dared to call out COVID-19 and the nerve to think they could defeat it. Right now, the Big Ten is being bludgeoned by it.

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Be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.