The Cal football team’s season is over after the Pac-12 Conference said Sunday night that the Golden Bears’ final game against Arizona was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.
It marks the second game in a row and fourth of the season Cal has had to cancel due to COVID issues. The Bears’ first two games of the season — Washington and Arizona — and Saturday’s against Washington State were canceled due to outbreaks on the team.
Cal’s matchup against Arizona was announced Sunday morning as the Pac-12 set the schedule for the final week of the regular season. The Bears finish the season 1-3.
Stanford (3-2), meanwhile, will face UCLA (3-3) on Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Stanford is coming off a 27-24 win at Oregon State (2-4), its third straight victory. The Cardinal will travel to Santa Barabara for practice before Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. game against UCLA on ESPN2. It marks the third straight week Stanford is practicing away from campus due to Santa Clara County’s temporary ban on contact sports.
For the Cardinal, it will be their last game of the season. Following other teams’ decisions, Stanford said it would decline a potential invitation to a bowl game due to having a heavy travel schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In announcing the six North Division vs. South Division matchups, the Pac-12 also confirmed that USC will host Washington in the conference championship game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles. Washington’s status is up in the air due to COVID protocols that forced the cancellation of Saturday’s game against Oregon.
If Washington (3-1) is unable to play in Friday’s Pac-12 Championship Game against USC (5-0), Oregon (3-2) — the second-place team from the North — could slide into that spot. Oregon is to face Colorado (3-1) on Saturday at the Coliseum, the same stadium hosting Friday’s title game.