It's officially bowl season for college football. We've seen a handful of great games play through as we await the National Championship matchups. However, the Gator Bowl and the Texas A&M Aggies received dreadful news on Wednesday due to COVID-19.
According to Ross Dellenger, a COVID outbreak has shut down the Aggies' chances of competing in the Gator Bowl against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. It's a brutal turn of events, as Texas A&M can no longer compete in a bowl game.
Because of a COVID outbreak, Texas A&M is unable to play in the Gator Bowl, sources tell @SINow. Aggies don’t have enough available players.
Gator is searching for a replacement bowl team, sources say, but the only way that's possible is if another bowl is impacted.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 22, 2021
Furthermore, Wake Forest likely won't play in a bowl game either, as they'll need another fallout to find a replacement team to compete against. This is not an ideal situation for the Demon Deacons or the Aggies, as both schools lose out in participating in the 2021 bowl season.
It isn't a great situation and you have to feel terrible for any and all seniors involved. For many, the Gator Bowl was likely the final football game of their career. We'll see if Wake Forest can find another opponent, but the Aggies, their season is officially over.
With how rampant COVID has spread throughout the country lately, it's not crazy to believe another bowl game could be impacted by the virus. If so, Wake Forest will be able to participate. Until then, they must sit and wait and potentially not play in the Gator Bowl. For now, it seems like a slim chance, but the Aggies might not be the only team affected by COVID during bowl season.
Keep an eye on the remaining bowl games, as there is potentially another team joining the Aggies in misfortune.