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Aztecs, Mountain West announce football season will resume late October

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Posted at 9:08 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 00:08:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Aztec football will be back this fall.

San Diego State University and the Mountain West Conference will play an eight-game season starting the weekend of October 24, conference officials announced Thursday night.

League presidents met Thursday and voted to start the season. It had been postponed August 10 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mountain West championship game is set for December 19.

As for fans, attendance will be subject to approval from state and local public health officials, according to ESPN.

It may also be an uphill battle for the schools where state and local regulations on gatherings are still restrictive. As of Thursday afternoon, San Jose State has not submitted a return-to-play plan to Santa Clara County. The plan is required to be approved before the team can begin practice, the county said.

The league has not officially announced how it will limit outbreaks and perform contact tracing. Sources tell ESPN the Mountain West is close to finalizing an agreement for daily rapid antigen testing, which some experts believe can help prevent outbreaks. The PAC-12 plans to use daily antigen testing across all of their campuses.

The Mountain West became the second league Thursday to approve a fall season. The PAC-12 was first, approving a seven-game season starting November 6.