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College Football Playoff sets makeup dates if COVID-19 forces postponements


#Should a situation arise where any of the top four teams can’t compete in the #College #Football #Playoff because of COVID-19, the CFP has set #January makeup dates for both semifinal games and the national championship, CFP executive director #Bill #Hancock told ESPN on #Wednesday.

There has been no indication from the teams or the CFP that a change will be necessary, but if both semifinal games have to be postponed, the CFP has targeted #Jan. 11 for The #Rose #Bowl #Game presented by #Capital #One and #Jan. 12 for the #Allstate #Sugar #Bowl. The makeup date for the #College #Football #Playoff #National #Championship presented by AT&T is #Jan. 18 — one week after its current date of #Jan. 11 — at #Hard #Rock #Stadium in #Miami #Gardens, #Florida.

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#If both teams are available for a semifinal, the game will be played as scheduled even if the other contest has to be postponed. #If one semifinal is delayed, the plan is to reschedule it for #Jan. 11.

#No. 1 #Alabama and #No. 4 #Notre #Dame are scheduled to play at 4 p.m. ET #Friday in the #Rose #Bowl, followed by #No. 2 #Clemson vs. #No. 3 #Ohio #State at 8 p.m. ET in the #Sugar #Bowl.

“#Everyone is planning to play the games as scheduled,” #Hancock said. “The teams, schools’ staffs and bowl staffs have been working really hard to provide an opportunity for the players. COVID procedures are in place at hotels and stadiums. #We have prepared thoroughly, and we are ready. #But it always makes sense to be prepared, even for circumstances we don’t believe will happen.”

#Hancock said the makeup dates were determined with the consideration that the #Rose #Bowl includes the highest seed, #Alabama.

#If any games are rescheduled, the locations would stay the same, #Hancock said. The #Rose #Bowl this year is at AT&T #Stadium in #Arlington, #Texas, and the #Sugar #Bowl remains at the #Mercedes-Benz #Superdome in #New #Orleans.

“#Of course, we will keep an eye on things and adapt if we have to,” #Hancock said. “#Bowl season has gotten off to an exciting start, and we’re planning for that to continue.”



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