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ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The undefeated Buffalo Bulls have clinched the Mid-American Conference East Division football title without playing another down.
The Mid-American Conference announced its game at Ohio on Saturday was canceled and declared a no contest because the Bobcats’ roster was depleted as a result of players testing positive for COVID-19.
Buffalo was enroute to Athens when it learned of the game’s cancellation, according to Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel.
A very 2020 moment for University of Buffalo football. They were 2.5 hours into their bus ride to Athens, Ohio, when Ohio U called and said the game was off. The UB busses stopped at a rest stop on I-90 in Mentor, Ohio, between Erie and Cleveland and turned around.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 4, 2020
Buffalo is 4-0, and needed a win over Ohio (2-1) to clinch the title and a berth in the MAC championship game at Detroit on Dec. 18.
With one game left for both schools after this weekend, Ohio was the only division rival in position to still win the East.
This is the second game of the shortened season cancelled due to COVID-19 for Ohio. The November 17 matchup against Miami (Ohio) was also ruled a no contest due to roster issues with the Ohio football team related to positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent contact tracing.