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Covid-19 issues at Ohio State might delay College Football Playoff Championship Game

The Buckeyes have plenty of players with COVID-19, and the national championship game in Miami might not be on January 11th.

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day leads his team to the locker room before the Allstate Sugar Bowl College Football Playoff Semifinal between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A Report from John Talty of in Alabama is putting in doubt whether the College Football Playoff Championship will be played on January 11th as scheduled at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

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.

There have been discussions amongst the SEC, Big Ten, the College Football Playoff and the schools related to possibly postponing the Jan. 11 title game, sources said, though a final decision on the situation has yet to be reached. The CFP has already established Jan. 18 in Hard Rock Stadium as the makeup date should the title game have to be postponed. As of Tuesday afternoon, the hope and expectation is the game will be played as scheduled on Jan. 11.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s daughter Kristen Saban Setas certainly has a take as to why this might be happening:

More as it develops, but if the number of Ohio State players with COVID-19 is that extensive, we could be pushing everything back a week.