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Big 12's Bowlsby: CFP Could Be Delayed if Needed

Brock Fritz

As the number of 2020 college football games to be canceled or postponed by COVID-19 hit 59, Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that there has been talk of delaying the College Football Playoff.

“I am on the CFP operations committee, and we spent some time talking about that," Bowlsby told Sirius XM Radio on Thursday. "We haven’t come to any closure on it, but there is some latitude to postpone it if that need should arise. The same is true with some of those New Year’s Six games. Within reason you can do those things. I don’t know if I see us playing the championship game in February, but you just never know, these are unusual times. Things that might otherwise not be acceptable have to be considered in this kind of circumstance.”

The College Football Playoff semifinals are currently scheduled for Jan. 1, while the championship game is set for Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

ESPN reported that College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said the plan is to wait as long as possible to make a decision, although there’s a strong sentiment among conference commissioners to proceed as planned “knowing it won’t be perfect.”

Bowlsby’s comments come during a tough week in college football. According to CBS Sports, 12 games that were originally scheduled for Saturday have been postponed or canceled, including four Southeastern Conference games.

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