Ohio State’s problems have prompted discussions about whether the game against Alabama should be postponed from Jan. 11.
Alabama and Ohio State took different paths to the national championship game, with twists that showed how much college football wanted its biggest stage to feel familiar.
The semifinals will be played on Jan. 1 in Louisiana and Texas, with the national championship scheduled for the Miami area on Jan. 11.
The N.C.A.A. does not track coronavirus cases, but a New York Times analysis shows the pandemic’s toll across college athletics. Many universities have kept their case counts from the public.
The Southeastern Conference is poised to become the richest conference in college football after it struck a television deal with Disney, which owns ABC and ESPN.
The wheezing college football show goes on without some star players and highly paid coaches and with, in one case, a female kicker.
The conference said it would not stage sports like basketball and hockey as coronavirus infections rise to record-breaking levels.
Alabama’s immense resources and a newly developed Southeastern Conference policy paved the way for Saban to return to the field only days after he tested positive for the coronavirus.
The university said an earlier positive test result was false, after a series of negative tests. He is expected to take the field against Georgia.
As games are postponed and coronavirus outbreaks spike on campuses, nothing seems capable of stopping the juggernaut, regardless of the consequences.
The biggest league in college football has postponed two games this week and seen the sport’s most famous coach enter isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The decision came days after Florida’s coach described the football program as “a model of safety” during the pandemic.
Leaders in the N.F.L. and in college sports have mandated masks for most people on the sidelines. What happens when the rules are not followed?
Why are some schools pressuring student-athletes to play a game that could expose them to the coronavirus?
Many players thought to be the best in the sport won’t play in the fall because of the pandemic. And some teams expecting to play soon can’t practice because of emerging cases of the coronavirus.
Universities have had mixed messages, competing agendas and a lack of transparency as they consider whether to hold college football in the fall, with billions of dollars at stake.
The conferences, not the N.C.A.A., will make the decisions about whether to play a season in the fall.
The decision came after the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, citing coronavirus concerns, said they would not play this fall.
Time and again, debate over the state’s flag and its Confederate battle imagery faded away. Then college sports leaders threatened to take away some of the biggest games.
The league’s statement will place new pressure on Mississippi lawmakers. But it may not make much difference.
A former star for Tennessee, he led Pitt to a national championship and coached the Volunteers for 16 seasons, only to be ousted after heart surgery.
Green Bay delivered the shock of the night drafting Jordan Love as a potential successor to Aaron Rodgers, Miami’s rebuild is coming to fruition and New England is still New England.