For the second consecutive week, a Florida State football game has been canceled on game day.
Saturday’s Virginia-Florida State game, scheduled for 8 p.m., was postponed on Saturday morning after positive COVID-19 tests in the FSU program.
Florida State said that one positive result it learned of Friday night turned into a number of players being ruled out after contact tracing Saturday morning, leaving the team with just 44 scholarship players for the game.
“We deeply regret that many Florida State and Virginia fans have already traveled to the game as well as Virginia’s team,” FSU AD David Coburn said in the statement. “We simply had no way of knowing we would not be playing until this morning. We made every effort to play, but we could not do so in a way that was safe for the players.”
The Cavaliers flew to Tallahassee, Fla., later than normal on Friday, to make sure its own test results weren’t cause for a postponement. UVA was able to play Saturday, a source confirmed.
The ACC is the only Power Five conference that doesn’t require both teams to have their final test results before the visiting team travels. The league uses a third-party testing company for its Friday tests, and since the test kits need to be shipped from schools like Florida State, results aren’t often returned until Friday night or even Saturday morning.
Virginia was planning to fly home at some point Saturday, a school spokesman said.
The only possible date for the game to be made up would be Dec. 19, the same day as the ACC championship game, unless other schedule moves take place.
Complicating matters, Florida high school football championships reportedly have been scheduled at Florida State’s stadium that weekend.
Last week, Florida State backed out of its game with Clemson over concerns about the Tigers’ COVID-safety protocols during the week leading into the game.
Virginia (4-4, 3-4 ACC) has won three straight games, beating North Carolina, Louisville and Abilene Christian. The Seminoles (2-6, 1-6) had lost three in a row before backing out of the Clemson game.
Neither team was in contention to finish in the top two of the league standings and make the ACC championship game Dec. 19 in Charlotte, N.C.
An ACC statement read: “The rescheduling follows positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Florida State football team.”