Source: Baylor-Louisiana Tech postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak after Hurricane Laura

Pete Thamel
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BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 22: A Louisiana Tech Bulldogs helmet is seen during a game against the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Hurricane Laura helped disrupt routines for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The game between Louisiana Tech and Baylor scheduled for Saturday is being postponed, according to a source.

One of the higher profile matchups of college football on Saturday, which was scheduled to air on Fox, has been cleared from the calendar this weekend after a rash of positive COVID-19 cases at Louisiana Tech.

Louisiana Tech had 38 players test positive for COVID-19 in the wake of Hurricane Laura and would have been without many others due to contact-tracing regulations, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Hurricane Laura hit the Ruston area on Aug. 27, which led to a power outage for between seven and 10 days in the area around the school. This prompted players to need to move around, break their routine and made social distancing much more difficult.

Prior to the storm, Louisiana Tech had just one positive case over three weeks. That stretch of three weeks included 350 tests. But the difficulties caused by the power outage prompted the outbreak among the Louisiana Tech team.

This marks the third Big 12 game to be moved during the opening weekend. Oklahoma State’s game with Tulsa and TCU’s game against SMU have also been postponed.

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