Despite reported COVID-19 concerns, Ohio State still preparing for Monday night title game vs. Alabama
In news that would appropriately fit the narrative of the 2020 college football season, there are reports of COVID-19 issues within the Ohio State program that could put the scheduling of the National Championship game set for Jan. 11 in question.
On Monday the Ohio State football team was practicing in Columbus, per the team’s official Twitter account. Sources have told Peter Thamel of Yahoo Sports, that Ohio State is proceeding with plans to play Alabama in the finale of the College Football Playoff as planned.
Sources: As of right now, Ohio State planning on playing in the title game as scheduled on Jan. 11. All systems are go for that. There's been COVID-19 issues at OSU, but not enough to postpone the game. This is obviously COVID-19 times, and things can change.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 5, 2021
From Ohio State AD Gene Smith: "We continue to follow the same protocols as we have all season. We plan to play January 11th."
— Bill Landis (@BillLandis25) January 5, 2021
Prior to the playoffs, the CFP Committee set forth a contingency plan, with make-up dates at the ready should any of the playoff games need to be moved, in the event of any COVID-19 issues.
The National Championship Game, should the virus get in the way, would be on Jan. 18, one week later than the originally scheduled date.