USC football resumes practice in good sign for the Colorado game

USC football head coach Clay Helton. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
USC football head coach Clay Helton. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

USC football is resuming practice despite one additional COVID-19 case

USC football’s game with Colorado isn’t canceled yet. And if news holds steady for the Trojans, it won’t be.

On Wednesday, USC announced they have been cleared to resume practice after contact tracing and a full round of PCR testing.

In addition to the first case, the Trojans have a second player who tested positive, though they are asymptomatic. There are five other players who were determined to be close contacts and are currently quarantined.

Without knowing which players are being held out or how important they are to USC’s offense, defense and special teams, the raw numbers suggest the Trojans will be able to field a team against Colorado.

USC football is still on track to play Colorado on Saturday

When news of USC’s first positive test of the season broke, fears were rightly high over the future of the season. If the coronavirus spread through the roster or contact tracing was extensive, it could prevent the Trojans from playing on Saturday and next week against Washington State next week.

Things can change quickly when it comes to COVID-19, so USC isn’t out of the woods yet. Still, it now seems much more likely the Colorado game can go ahead.

The next couple of days of testing will ultimately decide, of course.

From a football perspective, Saturday’s matchup is huge for both USC and Colorado. Both Pac-12 South squads are undefeated and the winner will be in the driver’s seat to take home the division title.

The Buffaloes weren’t able to play last week, so they will be the third straight opponent to play USC without playing the previous week. That worked in USC’s favor against Utah arguably. It’ll be different since Colorado has played two games and looks sharp to start the 2020 campaign.

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