Arizona State vs. Colorado Canceled Following Sun Devils' COVID-19 Outbreak

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2020

Sun Devils logo at midfield during second half of an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
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Arizona State and the Pac-12 have canceled the program's second straight game due to the Sun Devils' COVID-19 outbreak.

The Pac-12 announced Sunday that ASU won't have the minimum number of healthy scholarship players to face off against Colorado on Saturday:

Under the conference's COVID-19 policy, teams must have 53 scholarship players available. That group has to include one quarterback, seven offensive linemen and four defensive linemen.

This past Friday, Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson didn't specify the extent of its outbreak but confirmed the program had "multiple student-athletes and coaching staff members" test positive. Head coach Herm Edwards is among the positive cases.

Anderson addressed the situation again Sunday:

"We regrettably have to invoke the Pac-12's football game cancellation policy for this week's game at Colorado due to positive COVID-19 cases among student-athletes and staff. The cancellation of another game is very difficult to accept for all of us, but it continues to be the right decision under the circumstances. The health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes is our number one priority and will continue to be at the forefront of every decision."

Fifteen FBS games in Week 11 were either postponed or canceled, and already, three games in Week 12 have met the same fate. UAB announced it would be unable to play UTEP on Friday, and the MAC wiped Tuesday's encounter between Ohio and Miami (OH) from its slate.

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Colorado vs. Arizona State is ruled a no-contest. Depending on how the rest of the week unfolds, the Buffaloes, who improved to 2-0 with a 35-32 win over Stanford, might be able to take the field nonetheless. UCLA and California arranged an impromptu game when their original opponents couldn't play because of COVID-19-related issues.