Despite concerns about accessibility for Ohio State players, the College Football Playoff National Championship Game will be played Monday night as scheduled, according to Heather Dinich of ESPN.
“As I have said all week the game is on. Alabama’s team will be traveling to Miami tonight, Ohio State will be arriving [Saturday],” CFP executive director Bill Hancock stated Friday. “We look forward to a great night of college football.”
Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne said his group is”good to go” after receiving their COVID-19 evaluation results. Dinich reported the Crimson Tide will arrive in Miami tonight, although the Buckeyes are put to journey tomorrow.
John Talty and Matt Zenitz of AL.com previously reported there were discussions regarding postponing the match due to COVID-19 with Ohio State potentially without a position group as a consequence of protocols and testing.
Dan Patrick also reported Thursday that Ohio State was close to the minimum amount of players necessary for a game:
Buckeyes coach Ryan Day downplayed the concerns, saying Thursday:”We’ll have plenty of players.”
Ohio State has had its season heavily affected from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Big Ten had a regular season with just eight games per group, although the Buckeyes only finished five of them because of outbreaks in three distinct weeks.
The squad remained undefeated and won a Big Ten title before beating Clemson at the Sugar Bowl to earn a place in the championship game.
Alabama (12-0) had one game postponed earlier this year but left up the matchup against LSU three months later. The Crimson Tide enter the championship game coming from a 31-14 triumph over Notre Dame in th