Every conference is handling the COVID-19 pandemic in their own way but a Pac-12 Conference exception may allow the Colorado Buffaloes to play an alternate opponent if the USC Trojans need to postpone prior to kickoff this Saturday. The conference recently agreed upon a change to the seasons regulations about playing out-of-conference opponents. While the B1G and SEC have ruled that their members can not play any non-conference teams this year, the Pac-12 has decided to allow it, understanding that their teams need as many opportunities to play as they can get.
With the USC Trojans now facing multiple COVID-19 cases within the program and the looming specter of cancellation, the Buffs may be setting up an opportunity to play an alternate opponent, according to the Mercury-News’ Jon Wilner.
Source: Colorado will play SDSU on Saturday if USC game canceled. Buffs are healthy and don't want to be idle a second consecutive week. Aztecs have been prepping for days.— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) November 26, 2020
Colorado is coming off of an off week because Arizona State was forced to cancel the game last Saturday and the team is leery of taking enough off another week if it can be avoided. The foresight to be working on a backup plan is commendable. The chance to go to LA and move to 3-0 with a win over the ranked Trojans is a big one but with only six games on the schedule you have to play who you can. The Aztecs are 3-2 so far this season, with all games coming against Mountain West opponents and the losses coming to San Jose State and Nevada.