The College Football Playoff is right around the corner, and three weeks until the Power 5 conferences hold their respective championships.
Given the circumstances of this season, it's been different, to say the least as programs battle COVID-19 and the protocols that come with the global pandemic.
Week 12 saw a plethora of games canceled or postponed because of positive COVID-19 cases and respective contact tracing with the day-of decision to postpone the Clemson-Florida State game at the forefront. Five ACC games weren't played as scheduled in Week 12 while the Pac-12 had two games canceled. The Mountain West had three, and the AAC, Sun Belt and Conference USA each had two.
The number decreased in Week 13; however, in some programs, the outbreaks continued. Florida State, the only ACC team to get canceled, had just 44 scholarship players available last week, leading to the cancellation of their game against Virginia.
The Big Ten postponements and cancellations were headlined with Ohio State as head coach Ryan Day testing positive among others in the program. If the Buckeyes have one more game canceled, they'll be ineligible to play in the Big Ten championship game. Minnesota at Wisconsin was also canceled and will not be rescheduled, leaving the Badgers ineligible for the Big Ten Championship game.
The Big 12 only had one postponement as well as the SEC. As for the Pac-12, there were two no contests and one game—Utah at Arizona State—that wasn't played, and Utah traveled to play at Washington instead. Three games were canceled in the Mountain West and Conference USA.
Below is a list of each Week 14 game that's been postponed or canceled. This list will be updated throughout the week as schedule changes are announced.
- Vanderbilt @ Georgia: The Dec. 5 game has been postponed to Dec. 19 due to Vanderbilt falling below the minimum roster requirements. The lack of available players stems from injuries, COVID-19 and opt-outs. If Georgia qualifies for the SEC championship game, Vanderbilt-Georgia will be declared a no contest.
- Houston @ SMU: The league announced on Dec. 3 that the game will be canceled and not rescheduled.
- Miami @ Wake Forest: The league announced on Nov. 28 that the matchup, which was originally scheduled for Dec. 5, will be postponed because of positive tests, subsequent quarantining and contact tracing within the Demon Deacons' program.
- Northwestern @ Minnesota: The Dec. 5 game was canceled, and Minnesota's team-related activities remain paused. Since Nov. 19, the Golden Gophers football program has experienced 47 positive cases, which includes 21 athletes and 26 staff members.
- Maryland @ Michigan: The Dec. 5 game has been canceled due to COVID-19 and contact tracing within Michigan's football program.
- Washington State @ USC: The game was moved from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6 to allow for the return of USC players who are in isolation due to COVID-19 positive tests or in quarantine as a result of contact tracing.
- Boise State @ UNLV: The conference announced on Wednesday evening that the matchup, originally scheduled for Friday, is canceled "based on guidance from medical personnel and epidemiologists." It will not be rescheduled.
- Western Kentucky @ Charlotte: This matchup is now scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6. It was originally slated for Nov. 28 but was canceled as a result of COVID-19 testing in Charlotte's program. It was then rescheduled for Dec. 1 but was postponed again. The 49ers haven't played since Oct. 31.
- FIU @ Charlotte: The game, which was originally going to be Charlotte's home opener, has been canceled because of COVID-19 issues at FIU.
- UAB @ Middle Tennessee: The game has been canceled due to injuries, COVID-19 and contact tracing within the Middle Tennessee football program.
- Southern Mississippi @ UTEP: The game has been canceled due to COVID-19 and contact tracing within the UTEP football program.
- Kent State @ Miami (Ohio): The matchup has been canceled due to roster issues with Kent State's program related to positive COVID-19 tests and subsequent contact tracing. The game has been declared a no contest.
- Buffalo @ Ohio: The game has been canceled due to roster issues at Ohio related to positive COVID-19 cases and the subsequent contact tracing. The game has been declared a no contest.
- Liberty @ Coastal Carolina: The game has been canceled due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Flames' program. Coastal Carolina will host BYU on Saturday instead.