The highly-anticipated national championship bout between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State may get pushed to a later date, according to a new report.

According to John Talty of, there are concerns at Ohio State regarding COVID-19 issues that could result in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game being pushed back. At this time, nothing about a delay has been confirmed.

Ohio State missed three games during the B1G regular season because of COVID-19 issues, with one occurring within its program. It canceled a game in late November against Illinois due to issues with the virus. Games against Maryland and Michigan were also called off, though that was out of OSU’s control.

Per Talty, the B1G, SEC and College Football Playoff have begun preliminary discussions about the potential of pushing back the national title game. No decision has been reached at this time.

The College Football Playoff has set a make-up date of Monday, Jan. 18 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami if the game needs to be postponed.