WSU gets new opponent for Friday’s Sun Bowl: Central Michigan
The WSU Cougars will get their bowl game.
The Sun Bowl has arranged for Central Michigan to face Wazzu on Friday morning just a day after Miami had to pull out of the game due to COVID-19 issues in the Hurricanes’ program.
The official Washington State football Twitter account made the announcement Monday evening.
— Washington State Football (@WSUCougarFB) December 28, 2021
Central Michigan found itself in the same situation as WSU on Monday morning as Boise State had to drop out of the Arizona Bowl due to its own problems with the virus.
WSU and Central Michigan immediately looked like a fit to play each other. For one, both the Sun Bowl and Arizona Bowl were scheduled for Friday morning. Secondly, the sites of the two games – El Paso, Texas, and Tucson, Ariz. – are just a four and a half-hour drive from each other.
WSU is hoping to end its season on a high note and play its first game since naming Jake Dickert permanent head coach in late November. The Cougars went 6-3 in conference play to finish second in the Pac-12 North and own a 7-5 overall record, including 3-2 since Dickert took over as interim head coach following the dismissal of previous coach Nick Rolovich.
Central Michigan is 8-4 and finished second in the MAC West with a 6-2 conference record.
The Sun Bowl will be carried live on 710 ESPN Seattle. The WSU Radio Network broadcast with Matt Chazanow, the voice of the Cougs, and former Wazzu quarterback Alex Brink on the call will begin with the pregame show at 7 a.m., followed by the 9 a.m. kickoff.