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College Football Playoff Championship Game in Danger of Being Postponed

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The College Football Playoff Championship game is set for Monday, January 11th, 2021, but the game is in danger of being postponed due to COVID-19.

Multiple major college football media reporters have been reporting the news throughout the day on Tuesday, and it appears to stem from COVID-19 concerns with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The report first came from AL.com, who reported, “There are concerns related to Ohio State’s player availability for the game, according to sources, setting up a massive decision less than a week from when the game is scheduled to kick off in Miami. Ohio State has informed key parties involved it could be without a position group due to COVID-19 testing and related protocols.”

If the game is to be postponed, it would be played on January 18th, which is the make up date the College Football Playoff already had planned for Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

 

However not everyone is buying this COVID-19 story from Ohio State. Nick Saban’s daughter tweeted out it was “BS” and that it was all about letting Ohio State QB Justin Fields heal from his injury suffered against Clemson. That tweet was since deleted.

It also is being reported that SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is pushing hard against a postponement of the College Football Playoff Championship Game.

Alabama crushed Notre Dame 31-14 in the first College Football Playoff semifinal final. In the second game, Ohio State rolled Clemson 49-28. Alabama did not cover its 20-point spread against Notre Dame, while Ohio State was a seven-point underdog against Clemson.

In some ways, it would be fitting for COVID-19 to screw up the College Football Playoff Championship game plans, but of course we’re hoping for everyone’s sake, most importantly the players’ safety, that this doesn’t have to happen.

We will update you here as more information becomes available.

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