Questions surround Pac-12 title game after Washington's game at Oregon is canceled

Who is going to represent the Pac-12 North in the conference’s championship game?

It’s a question without a clear answer after Washington’s Saturday game at Oregon was canceled because the Huskies are missing too many players to COVID-19 positive tests and contact tracing.

The Pac-12’s statement announcing the cancellation made no mention of the game’s significant division implications. Like all canceled games in the Pac-12, it has been declared a no contest. It’s the 10th game of the weekend to be canceled due to COVID-19.

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Winner would’ve won Pac-12 North

Washington is 3-1 and Oregon is 3-2. The winner of the game was set to win the division and play in the Dec. 18 Pac-12 championship game. Since Washington has a better record, the Huskies are in position to play in the conference title game with the cancellation of the game. But will Washington be able to play? It’s possible that the Huskies won’t have enough players available to play in eight days.

What happens if Washington isn’t able to play the game? Does the Pac-12 put Oregon in the title game? Does it ask Fox to push the title game back to a date where Washington would be able to play the game?

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 19: Washington Huskies running back Salvon Ahmed (26) gets tackled by Oregon Ducks cornerback Verone McKinley III (23)during a PAC12 Conference game between the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks on October 19, 2019, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA.(Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Washington won't play Oregon this year. (Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Does the Pac-12 get crazy and match up its two potential undefeated teams from the South? USC and Colorado both enter the final week of the season at 4-0. USC plays UCLA on Saturday and Colorado plays Utah. They can both end the season 5-0.

It’s possible that USC and Colorado both finish undefeated because USC had to cancel the game between the two teams because of COVID-19 cases. And because Colorado had a game against Arizona State canceled previously this season, USC holds the tiebreaker over the Buffaloes for the division title due to one more division win.

Since it didn’t address the conference title implications Thursday night, the Pac-12 will likely wait until after Saturday’s games to figure out what it will do for the title game.

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