Clemson vs. Florida State game postponed due to COVID-19

SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 07: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Matt Cashore-Pool/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 07: Quarterback Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Matt Cashore-Pool/Getty Images) /

Clemson vs Florida State became the 18th game postponed or canceled this week

While college football fans were hoping to see the return to Trevor Lawrence, that’ll have to wait another week. Lawrence has missed the last few Clemson games, including a loss to then-No. 4 Notre Dame, due to a positive COVID-19 test. In his place, DJ Uiagalelei played admirably, proving the Tigers are set at the position far beyond once Lawrence opts to take his talents to the NFL.

Per ESPN, Clemson traveled to Tallahassee in hopes of playing, but the teams needed to get tested by a third party on Friday before their game on Saturday afternoon. Because of all this movement — and perhaps unfair expectations placed on amateur athletes — neither team felt safe enough to play.

Florida State should welcome avoiding Clemson this week

“We are disappointed that we will not be able to play today’s game against Florida State,” tweeted Clemson AD Dan Radakovich. “Clemson has followed all of the ACC’s protocol in preparation for this game. We look ahead to returning to action next week against Pitt for Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day.”

Just weeks off of a crushing loss, Clemson is still in prove-it mode in hopes of improving their ranking in the College Football Playoff. Florida State, a clearly inferior opponent, would’ve been at their mercy.

“Our first priority is the health of our student-athletes, and I appreciate the protocols that have been put in place by FSU and the ACC to ensure everyone’s health while allowing us to play this season,” Florida State coach Mike Norvell said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate that we will not have the opportunity to compete today, but we hope to be able to play Clemson in December. I am thankful for the support and coordination between our administration, Clemson and the ACC office. Our team will now turn our focus to hosting Virginia next week.”

Hundreds of college football games have been either postponed or canceled this season. It’s a regular occurrence week in and week out. Despite the magnitude of a game between two ACC giants, player safety has to come first.

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