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USC vs Utah are ‘systems go’ for Saturday’s matchup

And oddsmakers are still optimistic this one kicks off

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 UCLA at USC Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The USC Trojans are still scheduled to play the Utah Utes this weekend, a game that will mark the Utes season opener. USC is seemingly the only program that has gotten their first two regularly-scheduled games off without a hitch.

Even teams who have played two games have had troubles, or are having troubles as late as Thursday evening.

The Washington Huskies, California Golden Bears, Arizona Wildcats and Arizona State Sun Devils have all had at least one game canceled.

Cal had to cancel their first game against Washington due to positive test results while ASU had to cancel their Week 2 game against Cal after their own Covid-19 outbreak. UCLA had their second game canceled against Utah after the Utes outbreak persisted. UCLA and Cal scheduled a game for this past Sunday on just two days notice.

Oregon State was reportedly close to their season opener and Week 2 game being canceled but appear to be on the right path.

Washington State is without starting quarterback Jayden de Laura for their Week 3 game while UCLA is now apparently waiting strenuous test results to see if they’ll have QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson for their game against Oregon.

That would mark the second time in three games that the Ducks got to face a backup quarterback after the season-opening game against Stanford saw the Cardinal’s starting quarterback Davis Mills ruled out just hours ahead of kickoff. Mills’ ‘positive’ result was actually a false positive after thorough follow-up testing proved he didn’t actually have the virus.

And now Colorado, the only other program who hadn’t run into any trouble, is in jeopardy of losing their game against ASU with the outbreak in Tempe not quite under control.

Throw USC in there, I guess now too, after the Utes still can’t seem to get it under wraps either. Though, like Colorado, the Trojans are the ones that are healthy going into the scheduled game.

Utah may not have enough players to make the scholarship limits to play a game under the Pac-12 protocols set in place this season. Oddsmakers have taken a turn at getting in on some Utah action one way or another, printing odds at whether or not the game will be played.

Still, according to Sports Illustrated AllUtes site — “it appears that we are also systems go right now,” Ryan Kostecka said.

As of now, we’re scheduled to kick off at 7:30 pm, which will mark the third game for USC and the first for Utah.