Big 12 reschedules Oklahoma State at Baylor game due to positive COVID-19 tests on Bears team

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The Big 12 Conference has postponed the Saturday, October 17, Oklahoma State at Baylor football game.

Upon the recommendation of medical advisors, Baylor is suspending football operations temporarily after multiple positive COVID-19 test results.

“We are disappointed to postpone another game. However, the significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases has led to concerns of an outbreak and the decision to suspend team practice through October 17,” Baylor Director of Athletics Mack B. Rhoades said in a statement.

“Though this is an unfortunate outcome, we remain determined to return to the field in the safest manner possible. Thank you to Commissioner Bowlsby and Oklahoma State AD Mike Holder for their cooperation in rescheduling this matchup.”

The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 12. The Big 12 Championship remains tentatively scheduled for December 12 or 19 pending game results needed to determine the championship game participants.

“In situations like this, it is best to do all that you can to break the chain of transmission to help mitigate the length of time for ongoing spread of the virus,” Dr. Christopher J. Hostler, co-Founder and co-Owner of Infection Control Education for Major Sports, said in a statement.

ICS serves as a consultant to the Big 12 in matters related to COVID-19. Kick time and television coverage for the rescheduled game will be released when available.

OK State has a 3-0 record led by Canadian running back Chuba Hubbard and senior linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga. The Cowboys are ranked No. 7 in the NCAA.

Hubbard rushed 32 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-27 loss against the Bears last year. The Canadian Cowboy and his teammates will have to wait for redemption.