Rutgers To Replace Texas A&M In Gator Bowl Vs. Wake Forest
AP – Rutgers will replace Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl against Wake Forest after an NCAA committee decided to adhere to an existing policy for making teams with 5-7 records bowl eligible.
Texas A&M pulled out of the game in Jacksonville, Florida, scheduled for New Year’s Eve because of a lack of available players.
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The Aggies were having issues with COVID-19, plus injuries, opt-outs and player transfers.
NCAA rules allow teams with 5-7 records to be bowl eligible if there are not enough six-win teams to fill all the spots.
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The 5-7 teams with the highest Academic Progress Rate scores have first crack at open slots, and Rutgers was atop that list.
The Scarlet Knights now have less than a week to get ready to play one of the highest-scoring teams in the country.