Dec 19, 2020; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban running back Najee Harris (22), and offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70) celebrates with the SEC Championship trophy after beating the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: CFP contingency dates set

The College Football Playoff has set contingency dates for the national semifinal and championship games, should any of the four teams not be able to compete, ESPN reported Wednesday.

CFP executive director Bill Hancock said last week that the games could be postponed if COVID-19 issues impacted any of the teams’ ability to play.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Notre Dame are scheduled to play in the Rose Bowl Game in Arlington, Texas, on Friday at 4 p.m. ET. That game is set to be followed by the Sugar Bowl between No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Ohio State in New Orleans.

If both semifinals need to be postponed, the Rose Bowl will be moved to Jan. 11 and the Sugar Bowl to Jan. 12, ESPN reported. If only one game is postponed, then the other semifinal will be played on Jan. 11.

The CFP national championship game then would be moved to Jan. 18 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The title game currently is set for Jan. 11.

“Everyone is planning to play the games as scheduled,” Hancock said, per ESPN. “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.”

All four teams lost games in the regular season because of COVID-19 issues among their teams or an opponent.

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