As you may have heard by now, Texas A&M has withdrawn from the Gator Bowl due to COVID-19 issues and the Gator Bowl has been scrambling to find a replacement to take on Wake Forest.
According to a report from Brett McMurphy, the Gator Bowl reached out to Rutgers but they declined.
McMurphy's source added the following:
“How many 5-7 teams have been practicing or are still in school? None,” the source said.
Gator Bowl could have replaced Texas A&M w/a 5-7 team based on APR, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ. Rutgers had 1st option, but declined. Other not expected to accept. “How many 5-7 teams have been practicing or are still in school? None,” source said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 22, 2021