For the first time since 1998, SEC postseason game the Music City Bowl will not be played. The Nashville bowl game announced Sunday that the 2020 game has officially been canceled after Missouri was unable to play. With the game being scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 30, the Music City Bowl did not have time to find a replacement opponent for the Iowa Hawkeyes after COVID issues forced Mizzou to pull out.

After 14 SEC-ACC games (2006-19), the 2020 contest was set to kick off the game’s new tie-in with the Big Ten, which runs through 2025.

“I want to thank the hard work of those involved in helping plan this year’s bowl, which we were prepared to host this week,” Scott Ramsey, President & CEO of the TransPerfect Music City Bowl said in a release. “Unfortunately, Missouri’s high positive COVID-19 numbers have resulted in the cancelation of this game. We look forward to planning for 2021.”

The bowl is automatically refunding all purchases through Ticketmaster, the release states. Ticketholders should expect to receive their refund in the next 7-10 business days.

The SEC has been represented in 21 of 22 Music City Bowl games. In 2005, Virginia defeated Minnesota 34-31. The SEC did not have enough bowl-eligible teams that season, with UVA taking the SEC spot.