Four college football games scheduled for this week were canceled or postponed Tuesday due to COVID-19 issues.
Minnesota canceled its scheduled Saturday game at No. 18 Wisconsin due to a positive COVID-19 tests in the Golden Gophers program. Similar issues at Southern Miss prompted the Golden Eagles to cancel their scheduled Friday contest at UAB. Sunday's game between Utah and Arizona State also was scrapped.
The scheduled Saturday game between Houston and No. 24 Tulsa was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing in the Cougars program. That game would be made up on Dec. 19, but only if neither team is playing in the American Athletic Conference championship game that day.
The cancellation of the Wisconsin-Minnesota game means that the Badgers likely can't qualify for the Big Ten championship game as they will fall below the conference's minimum for games played.
Nine Gophers players and six football program staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in the past five days, the Minnesota athletic department announced.
Minnesota (2-3, 2-3 Big Ten) is next scheduled to play on Dec. 5, a home game against No. 11 Northwestern. Wisconsin (2-1, 2-1) is due to play host to No. 12 Indiana on Dec. 5.
Southern Miss didn't divulge whether players, coaches and/or staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
The Conference USA contest was slated to be the final one played at historic Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.
The cancellation marks the third in a row for UAB. The Blazers' games against North Texas (Nov. 14) and UTEP (Nov. 20) also were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UAB (4-3, 2-1 C-USA) also had an Oct. 9 game against Rice postponed. That contest has been rescheduled for Dec. 12.
Southern Miss (2-7, 1-4 C-USA) finishes its season with games at UTEP on Dec. 4 and at home against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 10. Both those games are rescheduled affairs that were postponed in October.
Legion Field opened in 1927. UAB moves into 47,100-set Prospective Stadium next season.
Houston did not provide details of its coronavirus outbreak. The Cougars (3-3, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) had a game postponed for the second consecutive week and for the fifth time overall this season.
Tulsa (5-1, 5-0 AAC) also will miss a game for the second week in a row, the team's fourth postponement of the season.
Houston is due to play at SMU on Dec. 5, the same day Tulsa is scheduled to visit Navy.
Utah's game at Arizona State, originally scheduled for Saturday, had been moved to Sunday to give the Sun Devils program more time to work through COVID-19 issues. However, the game was called off completely and declared a no-contest because Arizona State did not have the required number of scholarship players available, the Pac-12 announced.
Utah and Arizona State each are 0-1 overall and in the Pac-12, with the Utes already missing games against Arizona on Nov. 7 and at UCLA on Nov. 14. UCLA scrambled to get a game scheduled with Cal on Nov. 15.
Arizona State will have its third consecutive game canceled. The Sun Devils were not able to play at home against Cal on Nov. 14 and at Colorado on Saturday.
Two games slated for Friday were previously called off: San Diego State at Fresno State and Washington at Washington State. Among games scheduled for Saturday, Louisiana Tech-Florida International, Western Kentucky-Charlotte and Arkansas-Missouri already were canceled. The Southeastern Conference revamped its schedule to have Vanderbilt play at Missouri on Saturday, with the conference postponing the Commodores' scheduled game against Tennessee to accommodate the change.
--Field Level Media