The Big Ten will deem any football game canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak a "no contest," the conference announced Thursday afternoon. 

According to the Big Ten's Football Gameday Protocols, "a game cannot be played as scheduled due to both a Test Positivity Rate greater than 5 percent and a Population Positivity Rate greater than 7.5 percent for one or both teams." Neither team will be assigned a win or loss in a no-contest situation. 

The league's 2020 guidelines state a team must play at least six games to be eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game. In the event the number of average games played by all teams falls below six, then teams must have played "no less than two fewer conference games than the average number of games played by all teams."