Washington and Utah each wanted an opponent.
For the Pac-12 Convention, the choice was clear.
On Sunday, the 113th Apple Cup between UW and Washington State was canceled after the Cougars couldn’t meet the 53-man scholarship threshold due to COVID-19 issues. Likewise, Utah’s matchup at Arizona State — which was scheduled for subsequent Sunday — was wiped away Tuesday afternoon, because the Solar Devils’ COVID-19 outbreak compelled a 3rd consecutive cancellation.
Now, the Huskies and Utes will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Seattle on Saturday, in a recreation broadcast nationally on ESPN.
“The scheduling of this game is consistent with the Conference’s commitment to provide opportunities for student-athletes through maximum scheduling flexibility while still prioritizing health and safety,” learn a Pac-12 assertion on Tuesday night.
A 12 months in the past, Utah defeated Washington 33-28 inside Husky Stadium — scoring two touchdowns within the fourth quarter to steal a street win. UW leads the all-time collection 12-2 and had received 4 straight in opposition to the Utes earlier than falling final November.
After COVID-19 instances inside their program compelled the Utes to cancel their first two video games, Kyle Whittingham’s crew fell 33-17 at dwelling to No. 20 USC final Saturday. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cameron Rising — who received the job after a contest in fall camp — was misplaced for the season with a shoulder harm after simply 14 performs. He was changed by South Carolina graduate switch Jake Bentley, who accomplished 16 of 28 passes for 171 yards with one landing and two interceptions.
The Huskies, in the meantime, are 2-Zero after toppling Arizona 44-27 at dwelling final Saturday. Their season opener in opposition to Cal on Nov. 7 was canceled after the Golden Bears couldn’t meet the 53-player scholarship threshold as a consequence of one optimistic COVID-19 take a look at and subsequent contact tracing.
In keeping with a supply, UW additionally reached out to Brigham Younger on Saturday about the potential for an impromptu recreation, however the two sides couldn’t come to an settlement. San Diego State was a attainable nonconference opponent as properly. Nonetheless, the Pac-12’s coverage states that if a convention opponent is out there by Thursday of recreation week, that crew should take precedence over a potential nonconference opponent. So, given ASU’s continued COVID-19 points, the Utes have been at all times Washington’s most probably match.
Up to now, eight Pac-12 video games have been canceled within the convention’s first three-plus weeks of play.