SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/AP) — The Pac-12 Conference approved a new plan Wednesday to allow member schools to schedule games against non-conference football opponents subject to certain conditions if previously-scheduled matches are canceled.
The conference has had five of its 18 scheduled games during the first three weeks canceled amid COVID-19 issues. California and UCLA were able to schedule a game against each other last weekend on 45 hours’ notice after Cal’s game against Arizona State and UCLA’s matchup against Utah were canceled due to the Sun Devils and Utes having several positive COVID-19 tests.READ MORE: COVID Reopening: Sonoma County Opens Most Government Offices After Move To Orange Tier
“The Pac-12 is committed to maintaining maximum flexibility to provide our football student-athletes with an opportunity to compete, while continuing to ensure that health and safety remains our number one priority,” Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.
Colorado was slated to host Arizona State on Saturday but that game was called off earlier this week.READ MORE: COVID Sports: Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative Test Required To Attend U.S. Women's Open At Olympic Club
The conference’s new scheduling plan could give the Buffaloes the possibility of facing Colorado State or Wyoming if the Mountain West Conference doesn’t schedule a rematch between the two schools.
The Cowboys and Rams are without opponents due to COVID-19 cases at Utah State and UNLV.
The Pac-12’s CEO Group will allow a non-conference game if all of its testing and coronavirus-related protocols are followed and the game is hosted by a Pac-12 team.MORE NEWS: San Leandro Children Ages 11-14 Arrested In Carjackings, Armed Robberies
If another conference opponent becomes available by the end of the day Thursday in any given week, the Pac-12 game must be played.