For the first time in more than a century, the Old Oaken Bucket game between Indiana and Purdue will not be played due to Covid-19 concerns with both programs.
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“Upon the advice of our medical professionals and in following the guidelines and protocols established for this season, we are not able to play Friday,” Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski and Indiana AD Scott Dolson said in a joint statement.
“As we stated last week, we know the history and tradition of this great rivalry game and how much it means to our current students, alumni and fans. Both universities worked extremely hard in an effort to play, but at this time it just isn’t possible. We are certainly disappointed that we cannot play in 2020, but look forward to seeing each other on the field next season and competing once again for the Old Oaken Bucket.”
The Hoosiers finished the season with a surprising 6-1 record. They are positioned to play in their first major bowl game since the 1968 Rose Bowl. The Boilermakers are 2-4.