EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — After COVID-19 forced Boise State to pull out of their upcoming Arizona Bowl game, Central Michigan will play Washington State in the 88th Annual Sun Bowl game this Friday.
On Monday evening, Sun Bowl officials confirmed the news to KTSM 9 Sports Anchor Colin Deaver.
The announcement regarding Boise State was made Monday afternoon on social media, as Barstool Arizona Bowl officials announced that the Broncos would not have enough players for Friday’s game.
The Chippewas finished the 2021 season at 8-4 (6-2) in the Mid-American Conference, with the team marking their second bowl appearance in the last two years, after taking on San Diego State in the 2019 New Mexico Bowl. No MAC team participated in bowls in 2020 due to COVID.
Central Michigan last won a bowl game in 2012, beating Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
Boise State is the sixth team to back out of a bowl game this season, all due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 had already impacted three bowl games, canceling the Hawai’i Bowl, the new Fenway Bowl in Boston and the Military Bowl.
On Sunday, Miami officially announced they would not play in the Sun Bowl due to COVID-19. The announcement sends bowl officials scrambling for a replacement squad. Officials were confident that they’d find an opponent for Washington State.
The 88th Annual Tony, the Tiger Sun Bowl game, is set for Friday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. For more information, click here.