Around this time of the year, different fan bases are usually hyped up to travel and watch their team play in a bowl game. A total of 33 bowl games, including the College Football Playoff, are scheduled to take place beginning Dec. 21 with the Myrtle Beach Bowl and ending Jan. 11 with the College Football Playoff National Championship in Miami.
It will be much different this year as we continue to deal with a global pandemic.
The games, however, are not set in stone as a total of 12 bowl games have been canceled so far due to the pandemic or other financial, venue or sponsorship issues.
Several notable programs, including USC and Penn State, are reportedly opting out of their possible bowl game destinations.
“I couldn’t be more proud and encouraged by how our team conducted itself during this unprecedented season. One of our four core values is a willingness to sacrifice, and our student-athletes, coaches and staff have all made incredible sacrifices both on and off the field in order for us to compete this year,” Penn State’s James Franklin said. “This has been a challenging nine months, but we are proud of how our student-athletes have navigated these difficult times.
As you know, we rely on our captains and Leadership Council to provide a voice for our team, and our student-athletes made the difficult choice not to participate in a bowl this year in order to spend time with loved ones. We are fully supportive of their decision, knowing it has been many months since our students-athletes have been able to spend time with their families and the challenges they endured, both physically and mentally. This will be an opportunity for our guys to go home, see family and recharge for the spring semester.”
College football insider Brett McMurphy reported that “multiple” bowl games will be canceled over the next 24 hours.
This is extremely unfortunate, but it isn’t shocking.
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