The schedule of the College Football Playoff match and the selection of participants in the semi-finals will not change after the CFP Executive Committee discusses the possibility of postponing the event.
CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock On Wednesday, he said there was no support among the members of the playoffs to extend the regular season by postponing the dates of the national semifinals and championships.
“After lively discussions, the management committee has decided that the match will remain on the scheduled date,” Hancock told AP.
The selection committee will set up a semi-final pairing on December 20, the day after most major college meetings will play the championship game.
The playoff semi-finals will take place on January 1st at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The National Championship match will take place on January 11th at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
“If things change, we reserve the right to discuss this again,” Hancock said.
Due to the nationwide surge in virus cases, COVID-19 has postponed or canceled nearly 30 major college football games in the last two weeks. If many games are rescheduled in mid-December and the turmoil continues at this rate, some postponed games run the risk of not being compensated.
Big Ten and Pac-12 have already canceled the conference game because there was no room for a make-up date due to the late start.
Hancock said the team would not be replaced if the team that chose to participate in the semifinals could not play on the scheduled date due to COVID-19 related issues.
“Flexibility is a friend,” Hancock said.