USC and Washington will play for the Pac-12 football title Friday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the conference announced Saturday.
At least that's what is scheduled to happen.
"In a football season that has thrown unprecedented challenges and adversity at our football teams and student-athletes, USC and Washington have performed at the highest levels and earned their places in the 2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game as the Pac-12 South and North Champions," Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.
USC (5-0) clinched its spot in the title game before its 43-38 win Saturday night against rival UCLA kicked off, thanks to Colorado's loss to Utah earlier in the day. Washington was assured to finish atop the Pac-12 North standings earlier in the week when its game against Oregon was called off because of issues the Huskies are having with COVID-19.
"This was where we wanted to be at the beginning of this," USC coach Clay Helton said. "Is put ourselves in a place to win a championship."
If Washington (3-1) remains below the threshold of 53 available scholarship athletes for a second consecutive week, the Huskies would be replaced by Oregon in the title game, according to a conference spokesman. The Ducks (3-2) finished second in the North and would have had the opportunity to play their way into the title game with a victory against Washington.
Helton said the upcoming week of practice will be similar to last week, which was also a short week following a Sunday night game, with the major difference being they would be preparing for two teams.
Should USC be unable to play, Colorado (4-1, 3-1 Pac-12), which finished second in the South and lost its undefeated record on Saturday, would replace the Trojans.