CFP director Bill Hancock, Ohio State AD Gene Smith address reports that title game could be postponed
With reports circulating that the College Football Playoff National Championship Game could be postponed, CFP executive director Bill Hancock has made it known that the matchup is still scheduled for Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
During an appearance on ESPN’s College Football Live on Tuesday evening, Hancock confirmed the game is currently on.
“I can tell you there are no changes, the game is scheduled for January 11th as planned and we look forward to it,” Hancock said on the show (h/t Pat Smith of WJOX 94.5 FM).
Alabama and Ohio State each advanced to the CFP National Championship Game with semifinal victories on New Year’s Day. The Crimson Tide beat Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl, while the Buckeyes defeated Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.
However, there are now COVID-19 concerns within Ohio State’s program, which led to the reports of the national title game potentially being postponed (perhaps for one week to Jan. 18, the date the CFP suggested as a potential makeup date prior to the start of the Playoff).
Despite these reports, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith also confirmed that the game is still currently on as scheduled.
“Game is still on,” Smith said in a statement, per Alex Seats of 247Sports.com. “We continue to follow the same protocols as we have all season. Our goal is to play January 11th!”
As of now, Alabama and Ohio State are set to kick off on Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. But things can change quickly this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it will be interesting to see how this situation develops throughout the week.