Tuesday, December 7

COVID-19 Outbreak in Ohio State: Will New Cases Postpone CFP Championship Game Against Alabama?

The No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State are scheduled to play in the college football championship game on January 11 at Hard Rock Stadium.

However, there is a possibility that the game will be postponed until January 18. AL.com reported that the game could be delayed until January 18 due to player availability issues with the state of Ohio.

Stadium Brett McMurphy also reported that the game could be postponed:

Pete Thames of Yahoo Sports reported that Ohio State plans to play the game on Monday as of now. Alabama, Ohio State and the SEC are pushing for the game to be played, but Big Ten officials have raised concerns about the Buckeyes’ involvement given the circumstances.

Will that lead to one last disruption in a college football season affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?

COVID-19 Concerns

The Buckeyes had three games canceled this season due to COVID-19 issues, although two of those games were canceled by their opponents in Maryland and Michigan.

A total of 23 Ohio State players missed the Michigan State game On December 5th. The Buckeyes did not play Michigan the following week. Head coach Ryan Day also tested positive for COVID-19 during the regular season.

It’s been an ongoing roster battle for Ohio State this season in a state that ranks sixth in the United States in confirmed cases. AL.com reported that “the state of Ohio has informed key parties involved that it may be without a position group due to COVID-19 testing and related protocols.”

Alabama coach Nick Saban missed the Iron Bowl this season after testing positive for COVID-19, but Crimson Tide played all 10 regular-season games before the SEC championship game and the CFP semifinal.

January 18 a possibility

The CFP committee can delay the game for a week until January 18, and the schools, SEC and Big Ten will participate in that decision. With the game less than a week away, that decision should come soon.


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