After the announcement on Wednesday that there was an issue at Washington and they shut down practice, today the game between Oregon and Washington was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Washington Huskies will not have enough players for the game. The scholarship limit is 53 and the Huskies are below that. The game will be cancelled and declared a no-contest. Since Washington has the better record, they win the Pac-12 North Division (with an asterisk), and are in line to play in the Pac-12 Championship.
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However, the protocols in the state of Washington currently has protocols in place that could also keep the team from playing in the Pac-12 Championship game next week. Now that this game is cancelled, other factors will have to be sorted out. If Washington can’t play, does the Pac-12 defer to the team that finished second in Oregon to fill the slot, or do they make the decision that the two ‘best’ teams should play for the Pac-12 Title and a chance at the Fiesta Bowl?
Those two teams are Colorado and USC, both in the Pac-12 South. Both teams are undefeated and were slated to face each other earlier this season, but the game was called off due to the pandemic.
On Wednesday, Head Coach Mario Cristobal was still preparing his team to face Washington on Saturday. With the game now not happening, we do know that Oregon is in line for one more game this season on December 19th. What we do not know at this time is who they would potentially face. Could the Pac-12 allow a non-conference opponent for that game or will they stick with their plan of a cross-divisional opponent? We should know more after this weekend.
The key game in the Pac-12 this weekend is now Utah and Colorado who will tipoff early on Saturday at 9 am Pacific Time from Boulder, Colorado on FOX.