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Report: Music City Bowl Is 'Highly Unlikely' To Be Played

Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz runs onto the field before a Big Ten game against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 20: University of Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz takes the field with his team for the Ohio State Buckeyes NCAA college football game at Kinnick Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Ohio State won 20-17 over Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

Another pretty big college football bowl game is in real trouble. Nashville's Music City Bowl, scheduled to be played between Missouri and Iowa, is reportedly "highly unlikely" to take place.

We've seen a number of other games get canceled due to COVID-19 upticks, and others have teams drop out due to their own tough situations with the coronavirus. With the Music City Bowl, it sounds like the Tigers' spiking virus numbers are the main issue.

Peter Baugh, a writer for The Athletic covering Mizzou, has reported the potential cancellation. The game would join a growing list of games that have been axed, including the Pinstripe Bowl, Birmingham Bowl, Redbox Bowl, Hawaii Bowl, Bahamas Bowl, Quick Lane Bowl, Holiday Bowl, and Las Vegas Bowl.

The biggest impact wasn't quite a cancellation, but it certainly feels that way. The Rose Bowl, one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games, was moved to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, so there will be no game at college football's most hallowed stadium this year.

This is obviously disappointing news for both teams. Iowa was quietly one of the Big Ten's best teams this year, finishing 6-2, one of just six Big Ten teams to play at least eight games this year. Only Ohio State, Indiana, and Northwestern finished with better records. Mizzou was a nice surprise in the SEC. In the Tigers' first year under Eli Drinkwitz, the team finished 5-5 playing an all-SEC schedule. We'll see if the Hawkeyes can find another opponent, should Missouri football not be able to go, thought it doesn't seem too likely this late in the process. The Music City Bowl is scheduled to be played on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 4:00 p.m. ET. [

The Music City Bowl between Mizzou and Iowa is “highly unlikely,” per a person with knowledge of the situation. Uptick in COVID-19 numbers at Mizzou.

— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) December 27, 2020

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