Arizona State-Colorado game canceled

Field Level Media

November 15, 2020 at 10:44 pm.

Saturday’s Arizona State-Colorado game was canceled due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns within the Sun Devils’ program.

“The decision was made under the Pac-12’s football game cancellation policy due to Arizona State not having the minimum number of scholarship players available,” the league announced Sunday. “… The game will be declared a no contest.”

It is the second straight cancellation for the Sun Devils, who were unable to play this weekend against Cal. Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards was among those who tested positive for the coronavirus last week.

“As we announced Friday for our contest against Cal, the number of positive cases in the last few days has put our team below the Pac-12’s minimum threshold of 53 available scholarship student-athletes under the league’s game cancellation policy,” Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement. “Unfortunately we are in the same situation for this week’s scheduled game with CU.”

Cal was able to scramble together a makeup game on Sunday against UCLA, whose previously scheduled opponent Utah is also dealing with a COVID-19 spike. The Bruins beat the Golden Bears, 34-10, in Pasadena.

Colorado may similarly attempt to reschedule another opponent for this weekend.

“We will look at any and all options about us being able to play this weekend,” CU athletic director Rick George said in a statement. “It’s too early right now to gauge everything, the conference did pair UCLA and Cal today on very short notice, so we’ll have to see what transpires day-to-day around the league.”

The Arizona State-Colorado game is the third cancellation on this week’s schedule. Miami (OH) and Ohio also were forced to cancel Tuesday’s rivalry game due to positive tests in the Bobcats’ program. On Friday, UTEP and UAB announced their matchup set for Nov. 20 was canceled due to due to positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent contact tracing within the Blazers’ program.