Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl is Back on Despite COVID-19 Outbreaks


EL PASO, TX – The 2021 Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl will go on after all.  With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting College Bowl Season, another team has given life to the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl.

The Sun Bowl Association has announced that, due to Boise State dropping out of the Arizona Bowl, Central Michigan University has now accepted an invitation to play in the 88th Annual Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at 10 a.m. (MT) in El Paso, Texas. 

The Barstool Arizona Bowl is, unfortunately, the fourth bowl game to be affected by COVID-19 in 2021. 

CMU arrived in Tucson on Sunday and is ready to play.  Being a four-hour drive from El Paso, the Chippewas are set up logistically to make the trip and compete on Friday. 

The co-MAC West champion Chippewas will take on the Washington State Cougars after driving from the Arizona desert into the Borderland.  This would still make it the second time in as many years that the Central Michigan Chippewas (8-4, 6-2 Mid-American Conference) would make a trip out west in postseason play. The last trip CMU made west of the Mississippi River was when it was in the 2019 New Mexico Bowl versus San Diego State.

The Chippewas are trying for their first bowl win since 2012, when they were victorious over Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. As for the Cougars, they will be looking for their third Sun Bowl win since 2001.

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