Cal to play Arizona in season finale

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Just a day after having its matchup with Washington State canceled, Cal’s likely final game of the season has been scheduled against Arizona.

On Sunday morning, the Pac-12 announced all six conference games that will take place in Week 7, including the Pac-12 championship game. The Bears will host the Wildcats, who have yet to win a game this season after suffering a 70-7 hammering at the hands of rival Arizona State.

No. 15 USC will play Washington in the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 18, while the rest of the Pac-12’s Week 7 slate will take place Dec. 19. Cal’s game, however, has yet to receive a time or a date, which may be the result of a positive COVID-19 test within the program that caused the cancellation of the Bears’ game against the Cougars.

The positive test and subsequent contact tracing and quarantining left Cal with only two defensive linemen, leaving it below the required threshold to play a game. It is unclear whether those players will be cleared to play in time for this weekend’s game.

The Bears have had previous contests against the Huskies and Sun Devils canceled due to COVID-19, and it is possible that Washington, which had last weekend’s game against Oregon canceled due to positive COVID-19 tests, could face similar struggles ahead of the Pac-12 championship game. The Huskies would be replaced by the Ducks should they be unable to compete.

Arizona is 0-5 in 2020 and fired head coach Kevin Sumlin after its loss to Arizona State. The blue and gold’s most recent contest was a 21-17 upset of Oregon. If these teams do meet this coming weekend, they will likely be desperate to end a chaotic 2020 season on a high note.

Jasper Kenzo Sundeen covers football. Contact him at [email protected].