USC football’s game against Washington State will move to buy time
USC football has been an NFL factory for so long, Trojans are very used to playing on Sunday.
This year, current Trojans who have yet to make the leap to the pros will get the chance to experience Sunday night football of a sort after USC’s game with Washington State was moved.
The Trojans and Cougars will play on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. PT on FS1.
This will be the first USC game played on a Sunday since the 2000 season opener against Penn State. USC is 2-2 all-time on Sundays.
The two teams were supposed to face off on Friday night. However, COVID-19 quarantines which resulted in the cancelation of the Colorado game were also a threat to the following contest. Adding a couple more days of cushion may allow USC to finish up quarantines and field the necessary number of players.
USC football has confirmed multiple cases of COVID-19
In announcing the schedule change, USC revealed some updates on the coronavirus outbreak in the program.
USC has four active positive cases among players with seven more isolated because of contact tracing.
Last Monday the Trojans had their first positive case pop up. They identified a second case and quarantined five close contacts. Things didn’t get better as the week went on. On Thursday they canceled the Colorado game after a third player tested positive. On Friday, a fourth was added to the number.
As of Sunday, USC’s football activities were on pause with hopes of resuming practice on Tuesday, pending the results of further testing.
The Trojans are still in control of the Pac-12 South with a 3-0 record. Missing the Colorado game was a setback, but they would still be on track to compete for the conference title if they can get back on the field this weekend. The key will be to limit the COVID-19 cases to those currently noted.