LOS ANGELES — — No. 20 Southern California and Washington State will battle in a return from COVID-19 layoffs at Coliseum in somewhat a rare college football game on Sunday night. The game will be the first meeting between the teams since 2018, when the Trojans won 39-36.
“We look at every day as a gift when you get to go on the grass,” USC coach Clay Helton said. “The kids are really excited to get back at it.”
Sunday’s Pacific-12 Conference game in Los Angeles is slated to 7:30 PM ET with Fox Sports 1 providing the live television broadcast. FoxSportsGo.com will stream the game for those wanting to access coverage via mobile device.
This game was originally scheduled to be played Friday night, but was pushed back two nights as USC reported four positive COVID-19 cases and seven other players needed to be quarantined by contact tracing protocols.
“We feel like we’ve done a good job of shutting this thing down, hopefully,” Helton said. “We’ll see how that progresses through the week, but to have (Monday) for our players with no positive tests, that was awesome.”
The Trojans (3-0) was competitively inactive last week as their previously scheduled home game against Colorado was called off, meaning their most recent outing coming on Nov. 21 at Utah, which ended in a 33-17 victory.
Washington State (1-1) will return to the field after seeing its past two games, including last week’s Apple Cup rivalry against Washington, canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.
The Cougars last played on Nov. 14, which was a home to the Oregon Ducks.
“I don’t think they have a lot of fun sitting at home,” first-year Washington State coach Nick Rolovich said. “I think this is a group that likes to be out there playing and competing.
“I think they like the brand of football (they’re playing). Obviously we wanted to win (against) Oregon, but just the mindset of playing has taken hold in this group.”
USC leads the all-time series against Washington State 59-10-4.