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Cal to be without ‘multiple’ players for Arizona game due to COVID-19 protocols

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The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the 2020 college football season, but for the most part its impact on this fall has been minimal, at best. Until now, potentially.

Cal announced Thursday that “multiple” football players are in COVID protocol and will not play Saturday at Arizona. The school said all student-athletes traveling to Tucson for the 12 p.m. MT kickoff will be tested prior to departing Berkeley on Friday.

No specific players’ names were mentioned by the school, citing privacy concerns, but it did note that 99 percent of its team has been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The Pac-12 announced back in August that any football games which cannot be played because of a team’s COVID issues leaving them without enough available players will result in a forfeit.

Arizona, which has lost 20 consecutive games, was listed as a 12.5-point underdog according to DraftKings Sportsbook earlier in the day before the line dipped, and the game has since gone off the board. The Wildcats have won five in a row over Cal but the teams haven’t played since 2018.

Cal (3-5, 2-3 Pac-12) has won its last two games but also has four losses by seven or fewer points.