Purdue AD comments on B1G bowl eligibility in 2020
With the B1G getting a later-than-planned start to the 2020 college football season, there are some questions about the conference’s bowl eligibility at the end of the year. But it sounds like the league will still be eligible to qualify for the postseason.
Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinksi said that B1G teams will be eligible to qualify for bowl games in 2020, despite playing fewer games than some of its Power 5 counterparts. The conference schedule will be a nine-game schedule, while other conferences like the ACC, SEC and Big 12 are playing 10 or 11 games.
Mike Carmin of the Journal & Courier reported on Bobinski’s comment on Wednesday.
AD Mike Bobinski on #Purdue sports weekly radio show. Big Ten teams can participate in bowl games.
— mike carmin (@carmin_jc) September 16, 2020
The B1G announced on Wednesday that it was reversing its decision on the fall football season and will move forward with a schedule. The season is scheduled to begin on the weekend of Oct. 23-24.
A primary reason to start playing games this fall was to qualify for the College Football Playoff, with the B1G having a handful of teams good enough to compete for a national title. Even though they’ll play fewer games, it appears B1G teams will also be eligible to occupy one of the four spots at the end of the year.
It’s uncertain what a postseason will look like in 2020, but if it happens, the B1G will definitely be part of it.