The Big Ten has had absurd COVID protocols all season that led to the cancellation of many games, culminating in the controversy over Ohio State not playing the six games that were purportedly required to make the Big Ten Championship Game, and now it appears that the national championship will be affected.
From @mzenitz and me, per sources: There are COVID-19 issues at Ohio State that have led to discussions about possibly having to push back the national title game to a later date https://t.co/8F7GiP7b7o— John Talty (@JTalty) January 5, 2021
Forgive Alabama fans, and college football fans in general, for being a bit cynical here. The Buckeyes already have less wear and tear from the regular season thanks to the light schedule, and they will now apparently get an extra week right after QB Justin Fields took a hard shot in the Sugar Bowl that likely left him with a rib injury of some sort.
Ohio State would supposedly be down “an entire position group” but we don’t know how many actually tested positive and how many will be out due to contact tracing. Somehow, the SEC was able to make it through the entire conference slate with only two games being canceled, and Alabama was able to play its own schedule without missing a significant number of players.
We will update as details emerge.