As college football bowl games continued to get cancelled around the country due to COVID-19, if you have tickets, or have planned a party around the Fiesta Bowl between Oklahoma State and Notre Dame, just rest easy knowing OSU head coach Mike Gundy is doing everything in his personal power to make sure that the game gets played.
Gundy was speaking with the media on Monday ahead of the match up this weekend and said, “We’re going to play this game unless we can’t find 11 players.” He added that this team was taking the ultimate COVID precautions.
That’s refreshing, as it’s been believed that some of these cancellations from certain teams may be caused by issues beyond COVID, but that the new variant, that is spreading faster, but thankfully causing less serious illness, is becoming a convenient “out” for programs with lots of player and coaching turnover.
It’s unfortunately continued a trend that has lessened the value and importance around the non-College Football Playoff bowl games, and it’s hard to see this trend reversing itself any time soon.
There’s been no indication that Notre Dame and new head coach Marcus Freeman feel any differently than Mike Gundy does, as they’ve shown full intentions to play the game on Saturday.
The Cowboys will be playing in their first New Year’s Six bowl game since the 2016 Sugar Bowl, which they lost to Ole Miss 48-20. The Pokes have actually lost four of their last five New Year’s Six bowl games dating back to 2004, with their lone win coming over Stanford in the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
The Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, January 1st, will kick off at 12:00 CST on ESPN.