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Georgia State vs. Charlotte canceled due to Covid-19

The Panthers and 49’ers are the latest team to call off a game due to the coronavirus this weekend.

Cornelious Brown hands-off to Destin Coates of the Georgia State Panthers in the second half of the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns vs. the Georgia State Panthers game at Center Parc Stadium on September 19, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Georgia State Panthers and Charlotte 49ers are the latest two teams to cancel a football game due to Covid-19 testing and the contact tracing around it that isolates people.

Both teams are 0-1 this season, with Georgia State losing to #19 Louisiana 34-31 last weekend, and Charlotte getting beat by Appalachian State 35-20 two weeks ago in Boone. Georgia State was a three-point favorite on the road before the stoppage.

This is the second straight week of a cancelation for Charlotte, who lost their game with the North Carolina Tar Heels for the same reason last week.

The epidemic of canceled games due to contact tracing and positive tests means this is going to keep happening, which is why when conferences such as the Mountain West attempt to play eight games in eight weeks, it seems quite ambitious. College campuses remain hot beds for the virus, there’s a limited amount of precautions athletic departments can take, and one game can cause downstream effects that last well into the season.

No matter how many leagues and teams decide to play this year, this is going to keep happening.