Alabama and Ohio State are scheduled to meet at the College Football Playoff national championship game on Monday evening. However, there is some doubt about the game kicking off as scheduled.
AL.com reported earlier this week that the game between the Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes might be postponed due to COVID-19 issues at Ohio State.
From the report:
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.
Alabama and Ohio State have since both said the schools plan on playing the game on Monday evening.
However, longtime sports radio host Dan Patrick is now reporting that the Buckeyes are dangerously close to being at the player availability limit.
“Ohio State is very close to the availability limit right now . The Big Ten is advocating for the College Football Playoff National Title Game to be postponed for a week, not Ohio State,” he reported on Thursday morning.
Source: “Ohio State is very close to the availability limit right now . The #BigTen is advocating for the #CFBPlayoff National Title Game to be postponed for a week, not Ohio State.” pic.twitter.com/aGJ6QDnbAU
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) January 7, 2021
Alabama and Ohio State are currently scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Monday night.
The game will air on ESPN.