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Texas Bowl between TCU and Arkansas canceled due to Covid-19

The Hogs are wary of the virus issues within the Horned Frogs program.

The TCU Horned Frogs mascot “Superfrog” poses for pictures dressed as Santa Claus during the game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs on December 12, 2020 at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The TCU Horned Frogs and Arkansas Razorbacks will not participate in the Texas Bowl, as concerns about Covid-19 within TCU’s program has forced the cancelation of the game.

This game would have been a rematch of the old Southwest Conference foes for only the third time since the dissolution of the league in 1991. The teams played a home-and-home series in 2016-17, with each winning on the other’s home field.

Arkansas probably shouldn’t have been in a bowl game anyway, finishing the year at 3-7 in the SEC under new head coach Sam Pittman. He’ll have the opportunity to return many of his players in 2020, including transfer quarterback Feleipe Franks.

TCU ends 2020 at 6-4, including wins over ranked Texas and Oklahoma State teams. They finished their season on December 12th, beating Louisiana Tech 52-10 in a non-conference matchup. Gary Patterson returns plenty of young talent in 2021, and the mediocre season in Fort Worth is unlikely to be repeated.