For the second time in as many days, Washington State and USC will have a new kickoff time. The Pac-12 announced Sunday that the game between the Cougs and the Trojans would be moved from Friday night to Sunday evening at 6:00 pm and a day later announced the new kickoff would be Sunday at 4:30 pm. The game will still be televised on FS1.
While there are no announced reasons for the second move, the original move from Friday to Sunday was to help USC get a few of their players back from COVID-19 quarantine. The Cougars agreed to move the game back a few days and will play in their first game in three weeks as their previous two games had been cancelled due to COVID issues on their team.
In Monday’s press conference, Nick Rolovich said he feels very confident that the game will go on as scheduled this weekend. He said that conversations between him and USC head coach Clay Helton about the game actually happening this weekend have been confident.
Later in the press conference, Rolovich talked about running back Max Borghi, who has been out all season with an injury. He said that the Junior running back is “getting closer” to returning to the field.
Speaking of returning to the field, Jayden de Laura is expected to return this weekend after testing positive for COVID-19 just over two weeks ago. The true-freshman quarterback impressed everyone during his first two games and fans are hoping that he is able to keep it up throughout the rest of the season.
Pac-12 leader in receiving yards per game, Renard Bell also had a chance to get on the podium Monday. After talking about how he looks forward to playing in California, the Los Angeles native said that he plans on returning for another year in a Cougar uniform. This is great news for Cougar fans as he has shown steady improvement over his time on the Palouse and looks to make good use of the extra year that he will be able to utilize.
With the tv schedule set, Saturday’s Pac-12 road opener (Dec. 5) for Washington State men’s basketball at Colorado has set its tip-time for 2 p.m.
Conference play begins in the Pac-12 as the Cougs host Oregon State Wednesday. The conference plays 20 games for the first time this season tipping off a semi slate of games in early December. The contest between WSU and OSU is the 300th all-time.
Washington State (1-1, 1-1 Pac-12) travels to Los Angeles for a Sunday matchup against No. 17 USC (3-0, 3-0 Pac-12) at 4:30 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. WSU will be playing on a Sunday for the sixth time in program history and first time since the 1988 Aloha Bowl.
With all the adversity 2020 has offered, it still feels as though Washington State and USC have a mountain to climb before they can play a football game this Sunday.
Washington fans have made “sailgating” famous, and any given Saturday when their football team is playing in Seattle, Huskies adorned in purple are known to claim the body of water known as Union Bay as their own. For at least one night, though, a small but ambitious group of Washington State fans decided to launch a turf war. What might have been more bizarre than that: The Cougars weren’t even playing.
People who know the ins and outs of baseball recruiting consider this another significant pickup for Brian Green and #WSU.— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) December 1, 2020
Williams is from Mississippi & also plays QB. That combo has worked out pretty well in the past for the Cougars. https://t.co/WBN84suPmW