Stanford won’t go to a bowl in 2020

Kansas State said on Wednesday that it had paused all football activities due to COVID-19 and wouldn’t be accepting a bowl bid.

“This has been an unbelievably challenging year for everyone, but we were very excited to have the opportunity to end the season in a bowl game,” Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor said. “But, with new positive cases and additional close contacts in our program, we would not have enough players to continue practices and field a team for the bowl game. I want to thank our student-athletes and coaches for their tireless effort this year and for being flexible during a time when every day presented new challenges.”

Kansas State will end the season at 4-6. The Wildcats would have likely gone to a bowl game thanks to the pandemic-induced NCAA rule that allows teams below .500 to accept bowl invitations.

K-State’s announcement came on the same day that Virginia Tech said it wouldn’t be going to a bowl game. Tech’s announcement means the school’s 27-year bowl streak is ending.

MANHATTAN, KS – NOVEMBER 07: A general view of a Kansas State Wildcats helmet on the field before a game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 7, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)Stanford ends its season

Stanford will not be playing in a bowl game in 2020.

The school announced Sunday that it wouldn’t go to a bowl after its season concludes against UCLA on Saturday. Stanford is 3-2 after beating Oregon State on Saturday night and would likely have been selected for a bowl game no matter the outcome of the UCLA game.

But Stanford said that it didn’t want to play in a bowl game since the team hasn’t been on campus since Dec. 1. Stanford has been forced to practice and play outside of Santa Clara County due to its COVID-19 restrictions. The Cardinal will practice in Santa Barbara ahead of the UCLA game and then return to campus after Saturday’s game.

Stanford is the first Pac-12 school to say it’s refusing a bowl invitation. Teams do not need to have a certain number of wins to be picked for a bowl game in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boston College was the first school to refuse a bowl invite when it said earlier in the week that it wasn’t going to go to a bowl. It was joined by fellow ACC teams Pitt and Virginia over the weekend as both schools said that they wouldn’t be accepting bowl invitations.

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Pitt assistant coach Charlie Partridge tweeted Saturday that a significant majority of Pitt players wanted to (understandably) spend the holiday season with their families after the pandemic-impacted season.

Schools opting out of bowl games

Boston College

Georgia Tech

Pitt

Virginia

Stanford

Virginia Tech

Kansas State

The Cardinal have not practiced in California since November due to Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 restrictions. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

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Published: 2020-12-16 19:40:22

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