The California Golden Bears vs Arizona State Sun Devils football game scheduled for Week 2 of the Pac-12 football season will not be played, as announced by the Pac-12 and the Cal Athletics Department.
The reason behind the cancellation this time around, however, was not because of Cal. Instead, ASU head coach Herm Edwards, among others, tested positive for COVID-19.
It was also stated, though we didn’t have a confirmed yes on the Bears playing this week, that Cal would have been ready to play this week after having to cancel their season-opener last week against Washington due to their own positive test results.
Mercury News reporter Jon Wilner noted that the Bears, as they are ready to play, may get to see action if there are other games canceled.
#Pac12 source: ASU-Cal game canceled because of ASU cases. Bears could have played. If other games get canceled - good chance - Cal might play. Expect a wild day— Jon Wilner (@wilnerhotline) November 13, 2020
The only other game scenario that makes sense to play out here the UCLA vs Utah game. The Utes, dealing with multiple positive test results from last week have been said to be ‘on the brink’ of the number of scholarship athletes available for action against UCLA, while the Bruins remain relatively intact.
Neither UCLA nor Utah are on their schedule, and it would make sense for the Bruins to travel or host the Bears if the Utes vs Bruins game gets canceled.
This is yet another stain on the public perception for the Pac-12 after the conference announced the had a testing error on game day last week that kept Stanford Cardinal starting QB Davis Mills and starting wide receiver Connor Wedington out of their game against Oregon in Week 1.
This will continue to develop and we’ll follow along as best we can moving forward.