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.
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
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.