In a year where several Big 12 games have been postponed or cancelled, a Big 12 game this weekend is expected to continue, despite some COVID-19 concerns.
According to EersSports.com, the West Virginia Mountaineers are reportedly dealing with an isolated number of players impacted by positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing. West Virginia goes on the road this weekend to play Iowa State, and as of now, the game is still expected to be played.
Per the report, “… a source said Wednesday’s tests produced the results that will affect Saturday’s travel roster. More players are sidelined by contact tracing than by positive tests, and a source said the two-deep will be missing two players on offense and one on defense, though other players who don’t normally play or travel are also unavailable due to a positive test or contact tracing.”
This news comes one week after West Virginia’s game at Oklahoma was postponed due to COVID-19 issues, but that was with the Sooners.
The Big 12 guidelines state that a team has to have 53 available players of scholarship and walk-on players. Specifically, a team has to have seven offensive linemen, four interior defensive linemen and one quarterback. It does not appear that the Mountaineers are anywhere close to this being a problem.
However, now Friday’s testing, which is the third testing the Big 12 teams do each week, will be closely watched and could determine whether or not Saturday’s gets played.
Iowa State vs. West Virginia is set to kick off at 2:30 CST on ESPN.
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