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Ohio State COVID-19 outbreak: Will new cases postpone CFP championship game vs. Alabama?

No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Ohio State are scheduled to play within the School Soccer Playoff championship recreation on Jan. 11 at Arduous Rock Stadium.  

There’s a chance, nevertheless, that the sport might be postponed till Jan. 18. AL.com reported the sport could be pushed back to Jan. 18 due to participant availability considerations with Ohio State. 

Stadium’s Brett McMurphy additionally reported the sport might be postponed:  

Yahoo Sports activities’ Pete Thamel reported that, as of now, Ohio State is planning on enjoying the sport Monday. Alabama, Ohio State and the SEC reportedly are all pushing for the sport to be performed, however Massive Ten officers reportedly have raised involved in regards to the Buckeyes taking part beneath the circumstances.

Will that result in one final disruption in a university soccer season impacted by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic?  

COVID-19 considerations  

The Buckeyes had three video games canceled this season due to COVID-19 points, although two of these video games have been canceled by their opponents in Maryland and Michigan.  

A complete of 23 Ohio State players missed the Michigan State game on Dec. 5. The Buckeyes didn’t play in opposition to Michigan the next week. Head coach Ryan Day additionally examined constructive for COVID-19 in the course of the common season.  

It has been an ongoing roster battle for Ohio State this season in a state that ranks sixth in the United States in confirmed instances. AL.com reported “Ohio State has knowledgeable key events concerned it might be and not using a place group on account of COVID-19 testing and associated protocols.” 

Alabama coach Nick Saban missed the Iron Bowl this season after testing constructive for COVID-19, however the Crimson Tide performed all 10 of their regular-season video games earlier than the SEC championship recreation and CFP semifinal.  

Jan. 18 a chance  

The CFP committee can push the sport again per week to Jan. 18, and the colleges, SEC and Massive Ten can be concerned in that call. With the sport lower than per week away, that call ought to come quickly.  

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