If the Big Ten reduces the COVID-19 return-to-play timeline from 21 days to 17 days, Day said "a good amount" of the players who were unavailable for the Big Ten championship game will be able to come back for the January 1 semifinal.
The game will be a tight turnaround for AT&T Stadium, which is set to host the Cotton Bowl Classic on December 30.
AT&T Stadium has hosted almost 170,000 fans for six Cowboys home games this season - including 30,000 on Thanksgiving Day.
The name is part of licensing agreement and is co-owned by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the City of Pasadena.
In the end, Clemson was assigned to the Sugar Bowl semifinal, while Kelly's team will have its fans in the stands in Texas in a game between two of the most storied programs in college football, pitting the national championship favorites against the final addition to the four-team playoff. Ohio State got in to the playoff despite playing only six games this season because of COVID-19 issues.
The Rose Bowl won't be played in Pasadena in 2021.
If Los Angeles county won't allow spectators at sporting events, the event should be moved to a stadium in a state that will.
This will be the third time the two have met in the semifinals, but the first time the game won't be at the Fiesta Bowl. The Fighting Irish, who had been No. 2 in the CFP rankings for a month, entered the game undefeated, with a victory over Clemson already in the bank.
Coaches and school officials with playoff contenders have complained about the Rose Bowl being unable to accommodate players' family members because of California's COVID-19 restrictions, put in a place as the state tries to fight a public health crisis that is straining its hospitals. "Given all the complexities and difficulties involved, this is the best outcome for everyone concerned". Notre Dame head coach Chip Kelly even suggested his team would boycott the Rose Bowl if they were invited to play in the game and parents were prohibited from attending. But instead of a week amid the pomp and pageantry of the Rose Bowl, the teams will spend their semifinal week in Arlington, Texas.