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Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day enters the Superdome as his team arrives before taking on Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021.

 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 Columbus Dispatch on Friday.

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

"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-19 testing. Smith would not confirm that.

Ohio State's flight leaves Saturday afternoon.

"Team arrives at 5:30 (p.m.)," 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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