College Football Playoff announces changes with schedules rolled back
The College Football Playoff Committee announced its final rankings won’t be released until Dec. 20 on account of season delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The SEC Championship Game isn’t scheduled until Dec. 19.
ª The Big Ten has scheduled its league title game for Dec. 5, but with the provision the game could be moved back one week or two weeks.
• The Big 12 Championship Game Date is Dec. 5.
• The ACC Championship Game Date is Dec. 12
• The Pac-12 Championship Game is scheduled for Dec 18 or Dec. 19.
CFP executive director Bill Hancock announced the schedule changes on Wednesday, noting the importance of the 13-member CFP committee having all of the information before selecting the four teams for the playoff field.
The College Football Playoff semifinals remain scheduled for Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl and the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The CFP Championship Game is scheduled to be played in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Jan. 11.
Hancock told DawgNation earlier this week a date has not yet been set for the release of the first set of CFP Rankings, though he suggested it could come as early as the eight week into the season, or as late as the 10th.
“Give us enough games to where we have enough data for the committee to evaluate,” Hancock said, noting that the conference-only schedules and limited non-conference games present a challenge.
The CFP Management Committee also announced that teams’ travel schedules to the New Year’s Six Bowl Games as well as the CFP Championship Game on Jan. 11.
The teams will arrive in Miami for the CFP Championship game on Saturday afternoon to begin preparations for the Monday night title game. As a result, the media day for the game has been cancelled.
The scheduled changes are of particular interest to SEC schools.
The SEC has had 15 teams play in the past 14 national championship games of the CFP Championship (six years) and BCS Championship Game eras.
Hancock reiterated these are challenges times and the CFP is looking to manage them as best as possible.
“In this unprecedented time, the Management Committee believes it is in the best interest for the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches and staffs to complete their game-week preparation on campus, under the familiar protocols they will have used all season,” Hancock said.
“This is an unfortunate consequence of the pandemic, but it is the right thing to do.”