The Pac-12 Conference is going with the flow of 2020 and has installed backup plans in case either Southern California or Washington can’t play in the league’s football championship game as scheduled Friday in Los Angeles. The conference confirmed to USA TODAY Sports Saturday night that Oregon (3-2) would replace Washington (3-1) if the Huskies can’t play because of issues related to COVID-19. If USC (5-0) can’t play for the same reasons, Colorado (4-1) would replace the Trojans as the representative from the league’s South Division.

This creates a highly unusual potential scenario: Alternates who didn’t earn the right to be there apparently would be getting the right to play for the league title, essentially because of a fluke. But this is 2020 and this is the Pac-12, which started its season later than all other Power 5 leagues and elected to cram its regular season into November and December.

Such a scenario is also well within the realm of possibility. Washington didn’t play Saturday because its game at Oregon was canceled because of a COVID outbreak at Washington. Those COVID issues could linger into the coming week, jeopardizing the Huskies’ participation in the league title game.