While college football is by no means getting back to normal, it's nice to see all of the Power-5 Conferences playing again. The PAC-12 is the last big conference to start their season after the BIG-10 began play two weeks ago. The PAC-12 was one of the first conferences to announce that they would not be participating in the 2020 season due to the coronavirus.
After putting in new precautionary procedures and commiting to a seven-game all conference schedule, the PAC-12 agreed to starting the games on November 7. The first questions came when pundits wondered whether that was enough games to qualify for bowl season? Well that's not going to be resolved this week as two PAC-12 games have been cancelled in the last two days because of positive COVID-19 cases. The first game to be cancelled was between Washington at California. Just a day before this week's matchup, it was declared that Utah didn't have enough scholarship players to suit up therefore cancelling their opener against Arizona.
If these games are not rescheduled, it might deteriorate the chances PAC-12 teams have for postseason play. On the highest level, or at least right now, that will seemingly affect USC and Oregon. It will be weird to not see these two play each other because of the condensed schedule. Even as Justin Herbert left for the NFL this season, the Ducks keep reloading and are the favorites to win this PAC-12. They have two prospects that could very well go in the first round of next year's draft in offensive lineman Penei Sewell and cornerback Jevon Holland.
Both sides of the ball will be good enough to make it to the postseason for the Ducks. But will the Ducks play enough games? Will PAC-12 teams even get to play the full season? It's up at the air right now and could change week to week. This is what we know about Week 1 for the PAC-12.