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Colorado State potentially lost a second Mountain West game to COVID-19 this week, with the conference announcing on Wednesday that the Rams’ matchup against UNLV won’t be played Saturday.
Positive coronavirus tests and the resulting contact tracing will keep the UNLV football team from traveling, according to a Mountain West release. The Rams previously had a matchup with New Mexico in October canceled because of coronavirus concerns.
The CU Buffs also had their weekend meeting with Arizona State canceled earlier this week. The San Jose Mercury News reported that the Pac-12 is looking into allowing teams to schedule games against non-conference opponents as a replacement. That could open the door for a renewal of the Rocky Mountain Showdown of CU vs. CSU.
Rams coach Steve Addazio expressed interest in the idea, according to a tweet from Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel:
Just spoke to Colorado State coach Steve Addazio. He’s open to playing Colorado this weekend. “We want to play football. I just want to try and keep developing our football team, as long as the conferences agree.”
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 18, 2020
A Mountain West conference spokesperson told The Post on Wednesday afternoon that the Rams playing a non-league opponent would “need to be discussed and decided by the membership,” but did not elaborate on a timetable for a discussion along those lines.
When asked about any arrangements with the Pac-12 in general or with the CU Buffs specifically, the same spokesman replied that they had “no knowledge of the (Mountain West) reaching out or planning to reach out to the Pac-12 or Colorado.”
The Buffs had been slated to open the 2020 season against the Rams in Fort Collins. The Pac-12 announced this past July that it was canceling all non-league football games, including the Rocky Mountain Showdown.
This story will be updated.