Ohio State flying Saturday to Florida as planned, AD Gene Smith says

Bill Rabinowitz
Buckeye Xtra

Ohio State will fly to Florida on Saturday as scheduled for its College Football Playoff championship game against Alabama, Buckeyes athletic director Gene Smith told The Dispatch on Friday.

That ends speculation that COVID-19 cases among the Buckeyes might force postponement of the game until Jan. 18.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told The Dispatch that the Buckeyes will leave for Florida on Saturday as planned for its CFP title game against Florida.

"We leave tomorrow," Smith said in a text.

Ohio State coach Ryan Day has said this week that the COVID-19 outbreak that has forced several key players to miss each of the Buckeyes' recent games remains an issue for Monday's game but that he fully expected his team to play.

Al.com of Birmingham, Ala., reported that both the Crimson Tide and Buckeyes had completed their COVID testing. Ohio State confirmed that Friday afternoon.

Ohio State's flight leaves Saturday afternoon.

"Team arrives at 5:30," Smith texted.

The title game will be played Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

"As I have said all week, the game is on," College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN.com Friday. "Nothing has changed. Alabama's team will be traveling to Miami tonight, and Ohio State's guys will be arriving tomorrow. We are looking forward to a great night for college football."

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