2021 Arizona Bowl Canceled After Boise State Withdraws Due To COVID-19 Outbreak

Doric SamDecember 27, 2021

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 08: The Boise State Broncos logo on the blue turf before the game between the Connecticut Huskies vs the Boise State Broncos on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2021 Barstool Arizona Bowl has been canceled after Boise State withdrew due to COVID-19 issues within its program.

Central Michigan, who was scheduled to face Boise State in the Arizona Bowl will now face Washington State in the 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on Friday. 

Boise State athletic director Jeramiah Dickey expressed his disappointment for the cancellation in a statement.

"We feel for the young men in our program who were very much looking forward to closing out their season, and for some, their football careers," Dickey said.

The Broncos ended their season with a 7-5 record and finished third in the Mountain West mountain division with a conference record of 5-3. Boise State's last game was a 27-16 loss to San Diego State, which had ended a four-game win streak.

As for Central Michigan, the team will now shift its attention to Washington State. The Cougars were without an opponent after Miami was forced to withdraw from the Sun Bowl on Sunday because of COVID-19 issues.

The Arizona Bowl is the fifth bowl game to be impacted by the recent COVID-19 outbreak that has been affecting the sports world. The Military Bowl and Fenway Bowl were both canceled. Texas A&M withdrew from the Gator Bowl against Wake Forest and was replaced by Rutgers.