The 18th U.S.C-Colorado football game was missed due to COVID-19 protocols

The U.S.C.’s 18th-day football game against Colorado (2-0), scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled, Pac-12 announced Thursday.

According to the conference, USC (3-0) did not have enough fellows in one position group due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracking. The position group is the offensive line, a source told ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura.

The game is declared non-competitive.

Colorado will instead receive the state of San Diego at Folsom Field on Saturday (3 p.m., Pac-12 network).

“We are disappointed with our players, supporters and Colorado not to play Saturday’s match, but both programs are the health and safety of everyone’s top priority,” – Coach Clay Helton said in a statement.

USC canceled personal activities on Thursday and practically prepared for Colorado after a player showed symptoms for COVID-19, the school said earlier on Thursday.

Two players gave a positive result for COVID-19 earlier this week and another five in isolation for contact tracking. USC canceled the practice and closed its facility on Tuesday, but returned to personal practice on Wednesday after PCR testing and contact tracking was completed under the direction of Los Angeles County health officials.

Pac-12 canceled two games earlier this week, leading to a pair of Utah and Washington on Saturday in Seattle. In the Pac-12 South team, USC and UCLA are the only teams to have played through their first three scheduled matches. Oregon and Oregon State also missed a match for Pac-12 North.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.