Mountain West Week 5: Boise State
Sep 29, 2018; Laramie, WY, USA; A general view of the Boise State Broncos helmet against the Wyoming Cowboys at Jonah Field War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

The Boise State Broncos are looking to bounce back after last week’s loss to BYU dropped them out of the top-25. Unfortunately for the program, 14 players were ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the Colorado State Rams.

14 Boise State players out due to COVID-19 protocols

According to reports, nine players tested positive for COVID-19 while another five players were out due to Mountain West protocols.

That’s not great news for Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin and Co. However, the team did open up an early 14-0 lead with last season’s starter Hank Bachmeier returning under center after missing the past two games.

The COVID-related issues surrounding Boise State is yet another example of major problems the college football world is having right now.

Alabama football programs forced to cancel games due to COVID-19

The LSU-Alabama football game slated for Saturday has ben canceled after multiple Tigers players tested positive for the virus. There’s no make-up date for the game as LSU previously had its game against Florida rescheduled following a separate outbreak earlier this season.

Meanwhile, Alabama-Birmingham’s game against North Texas and the Auburn-Mississippi State game were both postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

This is the issue with attempting to play games amid a growing pandemic in the United States. Over the course of the past 24 hours, the country had registered a record 151,000 news cases of the virus.

Despite this, the college football world continues to forge ahead with the season. The Pac-12 was the most-recent major conference to begin its season last week. However, multiple games on its initial slate were postponed due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

It’s an open question whether the college football season will be completed in time for bowl season starting late next month. The hope is obviously that things will calm down on the COVID-19 front.

We’ll obviously have more updates as they become available.

Vincent Frank
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