As of Friday morning, the College Football Playoff national championship will be played on Monday evening as scheduled. Yet just like so many things associated with 2020, that decision could change at any moment.
This morning on The Dan Patrick Show, Patrick announced that Ohio State may currently have upwards of 20 positive COVID-19 tests, including a couple of their starters on the defensive line. The Buckeyes are expected to test again today.
The Big Ten and Ohio State recently reached out to the SEC to try and postpone the game but were told no. They then reached out to Alabama, who according to Patrick, seemed more open to the idea.
However, the Tide – who will have star Jaylen Waddle back for the game – did argue that they’ve already played a full schedule compared to the Big Ten’s condensed schedule and have done their job in keeping their players healthy.
Patrick noted that he is unclear as to who makes the call on whether the game gets postponed.
Before the regular season even ended, the College Football Playoff Committee said that it would be willing to postpone any games necessary in order to play a national championship game. That would indicate that ESPN would have some involvement in the decision.
If that is the case, you can bet no forfeit is coming. Earlier this week the network announced details of its Megacast coverage for the CFP National Championship Game. That would be a lot of ad inventory and revenue ESPN would miss out on because one of the conferences involved was too stubborn to cooperate.