The original kickoff time between No. 3 Texas football and the No. 2 Washington Huskies in the College Football Playoff Semifinals game at the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1 was set for 7:45 p.m. CT. But there was some speculation that the Sugar Bowl at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, LA, on Jan. 1 could be delayed due to the other Semifinals game going into overtime.
The College Football Playoff Semifinals game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA, between the No. 1 Michigan Wolverines and No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide went longer than expected since the fourth quarter ended with a score tied at 20-20.
Texas football vs. Washington in the Sugar Bowl to kickoff around 8 p.m. CT
Michigan-Alabama went into overtime after Wolverines wide receiver Roman Wilson scored the game-tying touchdown with under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Wolverines scored first in overtime, leaving it up to quarterback Jalen Milroe and the Tide to tie things up on the following offensive drive.
A tweet from Will Kunkel of Fox Sports Houston on Jan. 1 mentioned that the pregame festivities were underway at the Sugar Bowl before the kickoff at Texas and Washington in NOLA. That post from Kunkel noted that the start time was still set for 7:45 p.m. CT and 8:45 p.m. ET.
But Chris Fowler of ESPN mentioned during the broadcast of the Alabama-Michigan game in overtime that the kickoff of the Texas-Washington game for the Sugar Bowl was at 8 p.m. CT.
Barring an ending soon from the Rose Bowl, the first of the two semifinals games in the CFP on New Year's Day will conflict with the original scheduled start time of Texas-Washington in the Sugar Bowl.
Texas is 12-1 (8-1 Big 12) heading into its first appearance in the College Football Playoff. Washington is 13-0 (9-0 PAC-12) entering its second CFP appearance.