Dec 30, 2019; Santa Clara, California, USA;  California Golden Bears head coach Justin Wilcox  during the second quarter against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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Pac-12 audible: Cal visiting UCLA after cancellations

Hours after having their respective games canceled, Cal and UCLA agreed to meet Sunday in a Pac-12 game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the conference announced on Friday afternoon.

Kickoff will be at 9 a.m. PT (Noon ET) and the contest will air on Fox Sports 1.

“It’s an unconventional solution in an unconventional year and we’re excited to host the Bears at the Rose Bowl on Sunday,” UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond said.

Earlier Friday, Cal’s game at Arizona State and UCLA’s home game versus Utah were canceled due to COVID-19 issues.

“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,” the Pac-12 said in a statement.

Arizona State was unable to play Cal on Saturday due to the Sun Devils having multiple players and coaches who tested positive for COVID-19. Arizona State coach Herm Edwards was among those who tested positive.

Utah called off the Saturday game against UCLA, and the school announced it has 17 confirmed positive cases among players, coaches and staff — including a new positive on Friday. The school said another 11 members of the program are in quarantine due to contact tracing protocols.

One other Pac-12 game that was in jeopardy was Oregon State’s game at Washington on Saturday. But Oregon State officials said the game would go on after the school announced one positive COVID-19 test and four players in quarantine due to contact tracing.

The Pac-12 also pushed back UCLA’s game at Oregon back one day from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21.

The Bruins (0-1) lost their season opener 48-42 at Colorado last Saturday.

The Golden Bears will be opening their season on Sunday. The scheduled opener against visiting Washington on Nov. 7 was cancelled due to one positive COVID-19 test and subsequent contact tracing, according to the school.

“We have known since the pandemic began that the 2020 college football season would be different from any other,” Cal coach Justin Wilcox said. “As I’ve told our team many times, the one thing we have learned is to expect the unexpected. We appreciate all of the hard work that everyone has done on so many levels to allow us to play this weekend, and we are thankful the opportunity has arisen to play at UCLA.”

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