Oct 31, 2020; Syracuse, New York, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson walks the sideline in the first quarter against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

ACC cancels Florida State-Wake Forest game

The ACC’s attempt to get Florida State and Wake Forest an extra game to make up for numerous COVID-19-related cancellations this season didn’t work out.

The league was forced to cancel the game, scheduled for Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C., because of a positive COVID-19 test with the Seminoles. That left FSU short of enough players to compete.

This is the third game this season that Florida State (3-6, 2-6 ACC) had to cancel within 24 hours of kickoff, and the Seminoles’ season is most likely over. ESPN reported that although win requirements for bowl eligibility were suspended this season, the Seminoles will turn down any bowl invitations.

Wake Forest (4-4, 3-4) could still compete in a bowl.

“We are obviously very disappointed that we will not be able to compete this weekend and honor our outstanding senior class,” Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson said in a statement. “This has been a difficult month for our program, but I am proud of how our student-athletes have persevered through all the adversity that they have faced.”

Florida State and Wake Forest were not scheduled to play each other this season before the ACC added the game earlier this month.

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Nov 7, 2020; Huntington, West Virginia, USA; The Marshall Thundering Herd mascot celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Marshall cancels Friday game against Charlotte

The Marshall Thundering Herd won’t be hosting the Charlotte 49ers in Friday’s scheduled regular-season finale due to a roster that’s been depleted by injury and a small coronavirus outbreak.

A statement from the team also cited a lack of available scholarship student-athletes at key positions.

“Due to the developments this week, myself and our medical team felt that it was unsafe to put the team on the field Friday evening,” athletic director Mike Hamrick said. “I’d like to thank Charlotte AD Mike Hill and the 49ers’ administration for their patience and understanding. I also want to thank the Conference USA office for its support and guidance as we worked through this process.”

Marshall was originally scheduled to play the 49ers on Nov. 21, but COVID-19 issues in the Charlotte program scuttled that date.

Marshall (7-1, 4-1 Conference USA East) suffered its first loss of the season last week, falling 20-0 to Rice and losing its No. 21 ranking in the process. It was the Herd’s first game since a 42-14 win over Middle Tennessee St. on Nov. 14.

Florida Atlantic is also 4-1 in Conference USA’s East division and plays Southern Miss on Thursday in their regular-season finale.

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Oct 19, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; A general view of the Pac-12 conference logo on the field prior to the game between the Utah Utes and the Arizona State Sun Devils at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Utah-UCLA game latest called off due to COVID-19

Saturday’s scheduled game between Utah and UCLA has been canceled because the Utes don’t have enough players due to COVID-19.

The Pac-12 announced the cancellation on Friday, making the game the 14th this week to be postponed or canceled. The conference said that between players who tested positive for the virus and those affected via contact tracing, the Utes fell below the required number of 53 scholarship players available.

“While all of us want to see our football student-athletes on the field competing, our number one priority must continue to be the health and safety of all those connected to Pac-12 football programs,” the conference said in a statement.

Under Pac-12 rules, the game will be declared a no-contest and will not be made up.

Utah announced it has 17 confirmed positive cases among players, coaches and staff — including a new positive on Friday — and another 11 members of the program are in quarantine due to contract tracing protocols.

“We went into this week knowing it was a day-to-day situation,” Utes coach Kyle Whittingham said. “We have been doing everything we can under the circumstances to prepare for the game and follow all guidelines and protocols. As is always the case, the health and safety of our student-athletes come first.”

The Utes’ season opener, scheduled for Nov. 7 against Arizona, also was canceled. Utah is slated to host Southern California on Nov. 21.

The Bruins (0-1) are scheduled to play at Oregon on Nov. 20.

Other games called off or postponed this week include No. 1 Alabama vs. LSU, No. 3 Ohio State vs. Maryland, and No. 5 Texas A&M vs. Tennessee.

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Sep 28, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Utes head coach Kyle Whittingham works the sideline in the first quarter against the Washington State Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona-Utah game canceled due to Utes’ COVID-19 outbreak

Saturday’s contest between Arizona and Utah has been canceled because the host Utes are short on available scholarship players due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Pac-12 announced Friday.

Utah requested the cancellation and the Pac-12 approved it, the conference said in a statement.

“This decision was made under the Pac-12’s football game cancellation policy due to Utah not having the minimum number of scholarship players available for the game as a result of positive football student-athlete COVID-19 cases and resulting isolation of additional football student-athletes under contact tracing protocols,” the Pac-12 said.

Utah said it learned of a “number of positive COVID-19 cases” within the football program over the past 24 hours.

The league declared the game a no-contest.

It marks the second Pac-12 game in two days to be canceled. California’s game at Washington, also scheduled for Saturday, was called off on Thursday.

The Pac-12 termed the two cancellations as “incredibly disappointing to our student-athletes and fans.” The league said it also displays that its health and safety protocols regarding COVID-19 are working.

“While all of us want to see our football student-athletes on the field competing, our number one priority must continue to be the health and safety of all those connected to Pac-12 football programs,” the Pac-12 said.

Saturday marks the first games of the Pac-12 season after a delayed start due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are four games currently set to go on — Arizona State at Southern California, UCLA at Colorado, Stanford at Oregon and Washington State and Oregon State.

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Nov 22, 2019; Laramie, WY, USA; A general view of the Colorado State Rams helmet against the Wyoming Cowboys at Jonah Field War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado State-New Mexico game canceled over virus concerns

The Mountain West Conference canceled the scheduled game between New Mexico and Colorado State on Tuesday.

The game was set to be played Saturday night in Fort Collins, Colo., to open the eight-game season for both teams.

The game will not be rescheduled, the conference said.

The cancellation came because of restrictions related to COVID-19 in Bernalillo County, N.M., where the Albuquerque campus is located. A spike in cases in New Mexico led to the state limiting gatherings to no more than five people, including team practices. The Lobos have been practicing in small groups.

Eight players and one coach for the Lobos tested positive last week, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

New Mexico recently reported an average of 544 COVID-19 cases per day, up 133 percent from the average number two weeks earlier.

Colorado State next is scheduled to play on Oct. 29 at Fresno State. New Mexico is slated to host San Jose State on Oct. 31.

The conference indefinitely postponed its football season and all fall sports on Aug. 10 due to safety concerns involving the coronavirus pandemic. At that point, the Mountain West became the second league, following the Mid-American Conference, to announce the postponement of their seasons.

The conference agreed last month to reinstate the football season, and the announcement came with the stipulation that the schedule was “subject to approval from state, county and local officials.”

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