To date five of the schedule College Bowl football games have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus and its various strains.

The latest cancellation happened just hours before the game was scheduled to go on when the UCLA Bruins announced that due to the virus, they would not be able to field a team against the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

The CFP – College Football Playoffs – has announced that there will be no delays or rescheduled games for the two semi-final playoff games scheduled for December 31.  However, the championship game scheduled for January 10 in Indianapolis could be postponed as many as four days if needed.

College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock spoke on the contingency plans that have been put into place saying, “as we prepare for the Playoff, it’s wise and necessary to put into place additional precautions to protect those who will play and coach the games.  These policies will better protect our students and staffs while providing clarity in the event worst-case scenarios result.”

If any of the four playoff teams – the Alabama Crimson Tide, Cincinnati Bearcats, Michigan Wolverines, or Georgia Bulldogs – cannot play their previously scheduled game, that team will forfeit the game and the surviving team will move on to the championship game.

The CFP will wait until January 14, 2022 to allow teams time to field a team for the championship game.  If at that time one of the teams cannot play the game, the other team will be named the 2021 National Champions.  If; however, neither team can play the game, there will be no champion named for the 2021 season.

Alabama and Cincinnati will face off in the Cotton Bowl in the afternoon with Michigan and Georgia facing off in the Orange Bowl in the evening for a playoff doubleheader.

If three of the four teams are unable to play due to the virus, the sole remaining team will be named the National Champions.

Normally, bowl week is filled with numerous activities that are required for the players to attend.  With the current virus situation, all activities associated with the bowl game will be optional.

Texas A&M was scheduled to play Wake Forest in the Gator Bowl on December 31 but became the first team to pull out of a game due to the Covid virus.  Fortunately, the announcement was made early enough that the bowl committee could name a replacement with Rutgers stepping in. 

The Fiesta Bowl with Notre Dame and Oklahoma State and the Peach Bowl with Michigan State and Pitt have announced that should the virus become an issue, they will attempt to reschedule the games within the week of the original scheduled game.

While Alabama head coach Nick Saban has allowed his players to go home for the holidays, he noted that they are taking all precautions from implementing protocols from last year to sending the players home with a “care package” to help keep them safe.  Saban noted that 90 percent of the players are fully vaccinated with shots and boosters.

Michigan has arranged for all of their players to receive booster shots as a team.

Each university has been permitted to follow whatever protocols were used during the season for the bowl games; but before taking the field for their bowl game, the director of athletics and the chief medical officer must certify each player and staff member on the field is fully vaccinated and has tested negative for the virus within 72 hours of game kickoff.