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Big 12 commissioner: Later CFP dates not out of question

The College Football Playoff games are set for Jan. 1 and Jan. 11, but that doesn’t mean they are set in stone, according to Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

It is “within reason,” if unlikely, that the games could be moved back to accommodate more regular-season games, Bowlsby said Thursday on SiriusXM College Radio.

“I’m on the CFP operations committee, and we’ve spent some time talking about” moving the games back, he said. “We haven’t come to any closure on it, but there is some latitude to postpone if that need should arise, and the same is true with some of the New Year’s Six games. But within reason you can do those things.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages nationwide, nearly two dozen college games were postponed or canceled between last week and this week.

Four of the games that won’t be held this week are in the Southeastern Conference.

The Big Ten and the Pac-12, among other conferences, have been canceling games rather than postponing them because of a lack of time to make them up before the conference title games, which are scheduled for Dec. 19, as is the SEC’s.

“I don’t know if I see us playing a championship game in February, but you just never know,” Bowlsby said. “These are unusual times, and things that might otherwise not be acceptable have to be considered in this kind of circumstance.”

Bowlsby’s comments came a day after SEC commissioner Greg Sankey tried to keep the focus on the scheduled game dates.

“We have finish lines right now, so my focus is on Dec. 19 for an SEC championship game,” Sankey said. “I’ve said that. The semifinals are on (Jan. 1). The championship on the 11th … I’m not going to hypothesize about change, but I’m not inattentive to the potential that change may need to occur at a number of different levels.”

Bill Hancock, the College Football Playoff executive director, told ESPN this week: “No one knows how many games any team will be playing. Everyone’s goal is to get the games in within the cone of safety. For the selection committee, it’s status quo. This is not a surprise. Most of us expected games to be postponed or canceled. Everyone is moving forward as best they can.”

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