Rose Bowl CEO discusses possibility of CFP Semifinal being rescheduled: 'Flexibility is going to have to be key'
It currently sounds like there is a distinct possibility that the College Football Playoff could be delayed this season.
As we head into Week 11 of the college football season, there are currently 11 games canceled or postponed for the weekend. Among those contests are games involving No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State with multiple games in the SEC getting postponed.
Currently, things are set up for conference championships to be played Dec. 19 with the CFP Selection Committee unveiling a final Top 25 on Dec. 20, announcing the CFP teams and New Year’s Six Bowls in the process.
News came out Thursday evening when the Rose Bowl executives said that they are open to rescheduling the CFP semifinal contest in Pasadena, a move that could help the SEC and other conferences reschedule games that have currently been postponed.
“Right now we are still planning for January 1st CFP semifinal game at the Rose Bowl, but also you can’t avoid the headlines of what’s happening right now with the spread of the virus and its impact on college football,” Tournament of Roses CEO David Eads told James Crepea of The Oregonian/OregonLive Thursday afternoon. “I think similar to what you’ve heard from others, flexibility is going to have to be key.”
“We haven’t been asked to adjust up to this point,” Eads added. “If we’re not able to host a game on January 1st because of an outbreak of the virus and cancellation of games and those type of things and our date will have to change, we have to be flexible to that. We have to be flexible in our planning and we are being flexible in our planning in looking at all different contingencies. While we’re planning on January 1st and our hope is January 1st, we also have to be realistic.”
This move may help certain conferences reschedule games that have been postponed, but the move likely will not impact the B1G. As things currently stand, games impacted by COVID-19 are being canceled as opposed to rescheduled. We will have to wait and see if anything changes in regards to what the Rose Bowl decides to do.