The college football world has seen two teams opt-out of bowl games due to a lack of players through the transfer portal and COVID-19 testing. The Hawaii Bowl was canceled 24 hours before the game due to Hawaii not having enough players. The Rutger Scarlet Knights replaced Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl due to a lack of players, allegedly.
When it comes to the Texas Bowl and the LSU Tigers, they have a small number of scholarship players for their game. Former national championship-winning running back Jacob Hester stated the Tigers have just 51 scholarship players for the game. That includes the quarterback situation.
After Max Johnson transferred the Tigers applied for a waiver with the NCAA to allow freshman quarterback Garrett Nussmeier to play in the game and keep his redshirt status. If it doesn’t go through the team will have to rely on a walk-on quarterback with either Matt O’Dowd or Savion Faulk. Not the best situation but that is the hand that has been dealt.
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Myles Brennan recently pulled his name out of the transfer portal after a discussion with new head coach Brian Kelly. It is unclear whether or not Brennan is healthy enough to play in this game. He underwent surgery to repair his broken arm, which he suffered a day before fall camp opened in August.
LSU still has over a week before they face off with the Kansas State Wildcats in Houston. We will monitor the roster situation and pass along updates as they are provided.
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