Washington had been searching for a nonconference opponent to play this week, sources told ESPN, but now that Utah is available to play, it is a strong possibility the Utes and Huskies could play this weekend.
Lake said his staff had already put in prep work on Washington State but that talk started to develop even before Washington's game last Saturday against Arizona that the Apple Cup could be facing a postponement.More news: India tour of Australia: Pucovski could bat in the middle order: Langer
"We are continuing to take every precaution to safeguard the health and welfare of our student-athletes and staff, in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee's procedures". Washington State could not meet the Pac-12's 53-man scholarship mark in order to play the game. "We will continue to monitor our testing results and stay in close communication with our University, local public health officials and the Pac-12 Conference". "We've missed Husky Nation this year at The Greatest Setting, but know they are fired up to watch the Dawgs play again on Saturday".
The Huskies have been riding out a roller coaster week that began with its rivalry game against Washington State getting postponed.
Utah also had its game against Arizona State canceled this week after the Sun Devils were unable to meet the threshold. UW leads the all-time series 12-2 and had won four straight against the Utes before falling last November.More news: WARMINGTON:Toronto's BBQ Revolt is cooking at a slow pace
UW is coming off a dominant 44-27 victory over Arizona.
After COVID-19 cases inside their program forced the Utes to cancel their first two games, Kyle Whittingham's team fell at home to No. 20 USC 33-17 last Saturday.
Lauren Kirschman is the UW Huskies beat writer for The News Tribune.More news: Agudath Israel, Catholic Diocese, Win Supreme Court Appeal Against Gov. Cuomo
Utah's first two games of the season were canceled because of its own issues with the virus. A Pennsylvania native and a University of Pittsburgh graduate, she also covered college athletics for the Beaver County Times from 2012-2016.