“Pursuant to the Big 12 Conference football disruption guidelines, the Texas at Kansas game scheduled for Nov. 21 has been postponed,” the Big 12 Conference announced on Wednesday afternoon. “The game will be postponed to December 12. The time and televised designation will be announced as soon as they are available. ”
The reason for the schedule change is because Kansas football is not meeting the Big 12 minimum threshold for positional units, as outlined in the league’s COVID-19 protocols. The Big 12 requires teams to have a minimum of 53 total players available to play a game, in addition to the minimum player thresholds available for the following position groups: offensive linemen (7), inner defensive linemen (4) and quarterback (1).
“The Kansas football game against Texas on Saturday, Nov. 21 will be postponed to Dec. 12 due to KU’s inability to meet the minimum job requirements set by the Big 12 conference,” Kansas officials said in a statement. press release announcing the postponement Wednesday. afternoon. “The affected post group has a combination of injury and contact tracing. Since November 8, the KU football program has performed 825 COVID-19 tests, five of which returned positive on different test days during that time.
With no Saturday’s road game on the schedule, the Longhorns’ next game is expected to start on Black Friday in a home game against No.17-ranked Iowa State. As it stands, Texas will then make back-to-back trips to Kansas State, with the Dec. 5 road game at Kansas State and the now rescheduled road game for Dec. 12 against the Jayhawks to close out the 2020 regular season.
After a few early-season issues reduced Texas ‘chances of reaching their goal of playing for a Big 12 title in 2020, the Longhorns’ recent victories have put Texas back in the conference mix. The Longhorns could control their own destiny in the Big 12 title race, but it will take a flawless performance in the last three games of the season, which might not be the easiest task given the opponents left behind. on the calendar.
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The good news for Tom Herman and his team, the Longhorns, will now have an extra week to prepare for the final three-game streak of the regular season, giving the Longhorns three weeks of non-game training before they return to the field on Black Friday. to face the state of Iowa at 11 a.m.