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Pac-12 announces final weekend of games in football season

December 14, 2020 GMT
Southern California running back Vavae Malepeai celebrates a touchdown against UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)
Southern California running back Vavae Malepeai celebrates a touchdown against UCLA during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) — The Pac-12 Conference has set the schedule for its final weekend of football games.

The conference announced Sunday its teams will play six games, including Washington at No. 16 Southern California in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday.

Oregon will face No. 21 Colorado at Memorial Coliseum in Southern California on Saturday. The winner of that game could slide into a rescheduled title game if the Trojans or Huskies are unable to play due to COVID-19 issues.

Saturday’s games also include Washington State at Utah, Stanford at UCLA, and Arizona State at Oregon State.

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Arizona was scheduled to play California at a site and time to be determined, but the game was canceled by the Pac-12 because neither team had enough available scholarship players.

The Wildcats fired coach Kevin Sumlin on Saturday following a blowout loss to Arizona State that dropped them to 0-5. The Bears had four games canceled due to COVID-19 issues and finished 1-3.

The Pac-12 left the schedule for the final weekend of the season open to have flexibility in a year when the coronavirus pandemic has led to cancellations and postponements across the country.

USC earned a spot in the Pac-12 title game for the first time since 2017 when Utah rallied past No. 21 Colorado 38-21. The Trojans later beat rival UCLA 43-38 on Saturday.

Washington earned its third Pac-12 North title in five years. The Huskies’ game at Oregon on Saturday was canceled because they didn’t have enough players available due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases.

The conference went to a home-hosted model for the championship game this season.

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