Rutgers Accepts Invite As Replacement Team In Gator Bowl vs Wake Forest

Piscataway, NJ - March 29, 2018: Bold "RUTGERS" logo on the wall at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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The Rutgers football team is going bowling.

After reports surfaced that the Scarlet Knights were considered as a replacement for Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl after the Aggies withdrew from the game due to COVID-related issues, the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee extended an invitation to Rutgers, according to ESPN.com.

Rutgers was the top option among the 5-7 teams because they have the highest multi-year Academic Progress Rate.

“This is an exciting time for Rutgers,” Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said in a statement. “I’m so happy for our players to be able to experience a great bowl game atmosphere. Anytime you can go out and test yourself against the country’s top talent, it creates a tremendous opportunity for our players to grow and develop.”

The Scarlet Knights will face off against No. 20 Wake Forest.

“Our outstanding group of seniors deserves this proper send off as we compete for a championship next week,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said in a statement. “[Rutgers] coach Greg Schiano does a great job and I have tremendous respect for him and his staff. We expect a very tough game against a talented and well-coached team.”

This year’s Taxslayer Gator Bowl on December 31 in Jacksonville, Florida. Kickoff at EverBank Field is set for 11:00 a.m. ET on ESPN.

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