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A Pac-12 football game has already been canceled because of COVID-19

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Pac-12 logo at Sun Devil Stadium during second half of an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Tempe, Ariz.

Ralph Freso, Associated Press

Two days before the Pac-12 football season even starts, a game has already been canceled because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

The conference announced Thursday that the Saturday night game between the Cal Golden Bears and Washington Huskies is off since quarantine protocols will make it so the Bears won’t have enough scholarship players available.

The announcement said Cal requested to have the game be canceled. It will be declared a no contest.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 football programs will continue to be our No. 1 priority,” the statement concluded.

Each Pac-12 team was scheduled to play six games over the course of just six weeks, leaving little to no flexibility to reschedule games should they need to be postponed.

Pac-12 action will kick off Saturday morning when the 20th-ranked USC Trojans face the Arizona State Sun Devils at home, and four more conference games will be played throughout the day.