The Independence Bowl won’t be played this season for the first time in over four decades, leaving Army’s postseason prospects in jeopardy.

Army (9-2) already had accepted a bid to play in the Dec. 26 game in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Independence Bowl officials said the number of schools opting out of bowl opportunities due to the pandemic left a lack of teams available to fill all the potential bowl slots.

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The stands inside FedExForum are mostly empty in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Memphis Grizzlies, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. AP Photo/Brandon Dill

The Independence Bowl has been played for 44 consecutive years.

The Birmingham Bowl scheduled for New Year’s Day has been canceled.

Mark Meadows, executive director of the game at Legion Field, made the announcement on Sunday (Monday in Manila) citing the number of teams opting out of bowl season because of Covid-19.

”As the inventory of available teams lessened, our ability to stage the game was compromised,” Meadows said.

The game was set to matchup teams from the American Athletic Conference and Southeastern conference.

Arizona and San Diego have canceled Monday’s (Tuesday in Manila) men’s basketball game following a positive Covid-19 test in the Toreros’ program.

The programs announced the game last week after Arizona had a nonconference game against California Baptist canceled due to the coronavirus and San Diego lost a game against Long Beach State.

Arizona hosts Montana in its next game on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).

The Guaranteed Rate Bowl won’t take place this season due to what organizers cited as ”unprecedented ramifications from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The game had been scheduled to take place on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in Phoenix. The cancellation announcement comes as numerous college teams have said they aren’t planning to participate in bowl games, a list that Boise State joined on Sunday (Monday in Manila).

Guaranteed Rate Bowl officials said they expect their game to return for the 2021 season featuring teams from the Big Ten and Big 12.

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