A quickie Rocky Mountain Showdown doesn’t happen. At least not this week.
Officials at CU and CSU confirmed Thursday afternoon that both the Buffs and Rams have no plans to play against anyone this weekend – let alone each other.
This was despite a vote by Pac-12 CEOs Thursday morning to approve non-conference matches for member schools, such as the Buffs, if certain conditions were met.
“We are waiting for the day to make sure that the other five Pac-12 games scheduled will be played without COVID issues and that we will not be matched in a conference game,” said CU athletic director Rick George in a statement released by the athletic department. That said, even though the conference has approved non-conference opponents if one can be found that complies with the testing protocols the Pac-12 has for its members, we will not be playing a non-conference opponent this weekend.
But if a similar case arose in the future, we would have more time to prepare. But for now, we want to focus on the game preparations for the USC game next Saturday in Los Angeles. “
CU (2-0) was scheduled to host Arizona State at Folsom Field on Saturday, but a wave of COVID-19 positives within the Sun Devils’ schedule forced the game.
CSU (1-2) was set to host UNLV at Fort Collins, but the Mountain West announced on Wednesday that the game had been canceled due to the Rebels’ coronavirus cases.
A CSU athletics spokesperson said the Rams plan to take the weekend off and prepare for a Thanksgiving visit to the Air Force (1-2).
“Our focus is now on playing at Air Force, a major rivalry game for both programs, in a short week,” the Rams said. “We will not have a game scheduled this weekend after the league announced yesterday about our scheduled game against UNLV.”
Did the Pac-12 vote on Thursday to let non-conference games change the focus of CSU?
“No change. On to the Air Force.”
CU’s next game is against USC (2-0) at the Colosseum on November 28.
Pac-12 programs such as the Buffs are allowed to play a non-conference game during the 2020 regular season if:
• testing for both teams is consistent with Pac-12 standards;
• the Pac-12 school hosts the game and the Pac-12 broadcast partners have the television rights to it;
• Another Pac-12 opponent does not also become free to play in a make-up league match against “End of Day Thursday” of that match week.