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.
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“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.