“On behalf of Ohio State University, the players, all those associated with the football program and our fans,” Ohio State coach Ryan Day said in a statement, “I am appreciative of our Big Ten Conference colleagues for reconsidering the six-game requirement to qualify for the Big Ten championship game. A lot of changes have happened since that recommendation was put in place. I know making this decision was not easy, and I am thankful for the opportunity our players will now have to play in Indianapolis as an undefeated East Division champion.”
Indiana Athletic Director Scott Dolson also released a statement in reaction to the Big Ten decision. The Hoosiers would have played in the championship game if the rule had stayed in place even though they lost to the Buckeyes.
“Coach (Tom) Allen and I are proud of this team and the success we have had so far this season,” Dolson said. “We are one of only two teams in the country with three top-25 victories and have matched a program record for Big Ten wins. Although we understand the conference’s decision, we are disappointed. From the start of the year, we have said we can only control what we can control. We had a chance to earn our spot in the Big Ten Championship Game, but ultimately fell a touchdown short on the road against a great Ohio State team. We look forward to resuming activities and completing one of the best seasons in our school’s history.”