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USC-Cal postponed due to COVID cases

The USC-Cal football game on Saturday "has been rescheduled for Dec. 4 because of COVID-19 cases among the Golden Bears after the Pac-12 granted Cal’s request to avoid a forfeit." USC agreed to "reschedule the game as its season finale, after a slew of new positive cases left Cal without enough eligible players available for Saturday." Under Pac-12 forfeiture rules updated ahead of the season, any game a team is unable to play "would be deemed a loss -- and a conference win for their opponent." But for USC, there was "no consideration of accepting a win via forfeit." The Trojans "still need two wins to earn bowl eligibility this season." Saturday’s game is the "first COVID-19-related postponement of the season at the Power Five level" (L.A. TIMES, 11/9).

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