Army football had one of its best seasons in recent years, beating both Air Force and Navy on its way to a 9-2 record. Yet the Black Knights were left out of Sunday’s bowl game announcements.
Back in January, Army was guaranteed a spot in the Independence Bowl to face a Pac-12 opponent, so long as it reached six wins. But the Independence Bowl’s selection committee announced Sunday that this year’s game, which was scheduled for Dec. 26, had been canceled.
The committee said it coudn’t find a team to fill the second slot.
USC (5-1), Stanford (4-2), Washington (3-1), Utah (3-2), Arizona State (2-2), UCLA (3-4) and Washington State (1-3) all opted out of playing postseason games, citing COVID-19 concerns.
According to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, a number of FBS schools opted out when they received bids to bowls that they didn’t like.
How could 9-2 Army get screwed over for a bowl bid? “The number of schools whom opted in earlier in year – then opted out when they didn’t get the game they liked – is disturbing,” an industry source told @Stadium. “And those commissioners just stood by & let it happen.”
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 20, 2020
That leaves the Black Knights without anyone to play. Meanwhile, five SEC teams with losing records will get to play in bowl games because of the conference’s bowl affiliations.
SEC teams below .500 going bowling:
— 2-8 South Carolina (Gasparilla)
— 4-6 Kentucky (Gator)
— 3-7 Arkansas (Texas)
— 3-6 Tennessee (Liberty)
— 2-7 MissState (Armed Forces)
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 20, 2020