Can they get the Appalachian State Mountaineers to fill in for the Texas A&M Aggies, in the Gator Bowl??? How quick could they make this happen, and if not APP State, who will it be???
Team that already played bowl game could face Wake Forest in Gator Bowl?
from Larry Brown Sports, with Steve DelVecchio, and from YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com
Texas A&M will not take part in the Gator Bowl this year as originally scheduled due to COVID-19 issues within the program, but officials are working to find a replacement for the Aggies. According to one report, it is possible that replacement could be a team that already played in a bowl game.
Wake Forest was supposed to play Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl on New Year’s Eve. The Demon Deacons are coming off a 10-3 regular season and hoping to find a new opponent. That will not be easy. Sources told Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports that one possibility is a school playing in two different bowl games.
Sources: In the quest to find a Gator Bowl opponent for Wake Forest, one of the options being discussed is finding a team that’s already played in a bowl game. They’d need to get a waiver to play in another.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 22, 2021
As Thamel notes, that would require a waiver. It has never been done before, but perhaps an exception can be made.
Gator Bowl officials could also wait to see if another bowl game encounters COVID-related issues. One bowl game would likely have to be canceled if that scenario unfolded.
The theme of players opting out of bowl games to prepare for the NFL has continued this year, but the Gator Bowl is clearly important to Wake Forest. Hopefully it can find an opponent rather than seeing the successful season end prematurely.