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Houston and Memphis postpone September 18th football game

Some Covid-19 issues have forced the American Conference teams to push back their league opener

Brady White of the Memphis Tigers congratulates Sean Dykes on their touchdown pass during the third quarter against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on September 5, 2020 in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis defeated Arkansas State 37-24. Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

UPDATE 5:31 p.m.: It looks like an all-Texas battle might take the place of Memphis for Houston, as it appears Baylor is looking to bring the Cougars to Waco for a last-minute matchup:

The first American Conference schedule change due to Covid-19 will be the Houston Cougars delaying their trip to face the Memphis Tigers at the Liberty Bowl. The game was scheduled for Friday, September 18th on ESPN.

There is a Covid-19 issue around the Memphis football team, though the provenance of that issue is the subject of much debate. Memphis defeated Arkansas State 37-24 in their season opener on September 5th, but as many as 40 Tigers are now either testing positive for the virus, or are in quarantine due to contact tracing protocols.

With additional weeks already built into the 2020 schedule, there’s likely a chance for the teams to make up the game. Houston is already attempting to reschedule a previously canceled game with Rice, and the date of that has not been announced. Right now Houston has a open date on October 3rd, and Memphis on October 10th.