TAMU forced out of Gator Bowl thanks to ridiculous COVID rule

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Texas A&M is unable to play in the upcoming Gator Bowl against Wake Forest on Dec. 31 due to a COVID outbreak.

Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reports that the Aggies do not have enough players to play in the game. Gator is now searching for a replacement bowl team but would need another bowl game impacted by COVID to successfully find a replacement team.

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Seth Small #47 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates kicking a 28 yard field goal to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide at Kyle Field on October 09, 2021 in College Station, Texas.
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If a bowl is not played, teams do not receive the payout. Nick Carparelli told SI that there are no possibilities of a replacement like last season. The Gator Bowl payout is $5.35M.

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