Conference USA title game pushed back to Dec. 18

IRVING, Texas -- Conference USA has pushed its football championship game back two weeks to Dec. 18, giving the league additional time to make up games postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The league said Wednesday that its 16th championship game will now be played on a Friday night. The game had been scheduled for Dec. 5.

There have been three games matching C-USA opponents postponed the past two weeks. Seven other nonconference matchups were either postponed or canceled.

Two of those league games included Rice, which had pushed back the start of its season to Oct. 24, when the Owls play are scheduled Middle Tennessee.

Florida Atlantic had already had two nonconference games called off because of COVID-19 issues before its league game scheduled last Saturday at Southern Mississippi was postponed.

The C-USA championship game matches the champions of the East and West divisions. The team with the highest league winning percentage hosts the game.