Seeing games postponed or canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic was going to be part of the season. Nobody really expected this fall to be completed without at least a few alterations along the way.

But Houston’s football team has to be getting frustrated with how the early portion of the season has gone. Despite making efforts to get on the field multiple times by now, the Cougars have been unable to play a game.

On Wednesday, North Texas announced that it has postponed its game with Houston because of the virus. It marks the fifth time that a game featuring the Cougars has been either postponed or canceled.

“Due to COVID-19 positive test results and subsequent contact tracing this week, the North Texas football team’s game with Houston scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 26 has been canceled. The two teams are working to find a date to reschedule the game,” North Texas said in a statement.

“Following student-athlete, coaching staff and inner personnel being tested three times each week since August, there were a total of four positive tests this week. Those people are in isolation and their close contacts have been identified. The succeeding contact tracing of those positive tests left the football program unable to field a team for a game this week.”

According to Sam Kahn Jr. of ESPN, these are the five games that have either been canceled or postponed for Houston thus far:

  • Sept. 3: vs. Rice
  • Sept. 12: vs. Washington State
  • Sept. 18: vs. Memphis
  • Sept. 19: vs. Baylor
  • Sept. 26: vs. North Texas

Hopefully, at some point, Houston is able to get onto the field.