There are some doubts being raised over whether or not the College Football Playoff National Championship game between Ohio State and Alabama will in fact be played on Monday, Jan. 11.
Per an AL.com report, there are COVID-19 issues at Ohio State which have led to discussions about potentially pushing the national title game back to a different day.
According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports, “as of right now” the game will go on as scheduled on Jan. 11 despite the issues, although things could change at any given moment.
Not everyone is buying the story that there are COVID issues at Ohio State, though.
In a since-deleted tweet from Kristen Saban Setas – Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s daughter – Setas accused the Buckeyes of not being confident to play and using COVID as an excuse to buy quarterback Justin Fields more time to heal from an injury he sustained in last week’s semifinal game against Clemson.
Saban Setas’ claims are unsubstantiated, which is likely why she deleted the tweet and later made her account private, but there is no doubt a healthy Fields improves Ohio State’s chances against Alabama.
Yet, COVID-19 has plagued college football all season, especially Ohio State, which had an outbreak within the team earlier in the season. The Buckeyes’ outbreak, as well as others within the Big Ten, resulted in Ohio State only playing in six games.
It is unclear as to what extent the latest issues have affected the team, but it does not appear to be enough to postpone the game.
Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith spoke to Thamel and told him that the team is “on track to play.”