Purdue Football hasn’t been to a bowl since the 2012 season when they played on January 1, 2013, at the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Oklahoma State.
First-year head coach Jeff Brohm and his staff led the Boilermakers to six wins this season, which means Purdue is going bowling.
It’s been five years since an article like this has been written, and it sure is fun.
Even though it’s just six wins, it’s the first step in the complete rebuild of a program that’s been searching for answers since Joe Tiller left West Lafayette after the 2008 season.
Here are the most popular websites and their Purdue Football Bowl Projections:
ESPN– Kyle Bonagura and David M. Hale agree on where Purdue will end up but disagree on their opponent.
Their projection is the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York City at Yankee Stadium on December 27th at 5:15 pm.
NC State finished second in the ACC Atlantic Division with a 6-2 record and finished 8-4 overall. The Wolfpack were ranked throughout the year, but are not currently.
Louisville also finished 8-4, but all four losses came in ACC play.
Sports Illustrated– Eric Single also has the Boilermakers traveling to New York City to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, but their opponent would be #22 Virginia Tech. The Hokies were ranked as high as 12th this season and are led by redshirt freshman quarterback Josh Jackson.
NBC and CBS Sports – Bryan Fischer (NBC) and Purdue grad Jerry Palm (CBS Sports) foresee the Boilermakers making the short trip down to Nashville to meet Kentucky in the Music City Bowl in Nashville on December 29th at 4:30 pm.
Kentucky finished 4-4 in the SEC and 7-5 overall but didn’t beat anyone they shouldn’t have. The only common opponent was Missouri, whom Kentucky topped 40-34.
Miller believes Purdue will play Arizona State while Kirk thinks the Boilers will match up with #21 Washington State. The Sun Devils have already fired their head coach Todd Graham while the Cougars are well-known by their ever-colorful Mike Leach and passing attack led by QB Luke Falk (remember that name for the upcoming NFL Draft). The Cougars beat USC and Stanford this year but were blown out in their Apple Cup showdown with Washington.
Foster Farms Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, or the Music City Bowl?
Purdue fans shouldn’t care because Jeff Brohm and his staff have the Boilers trending in the right direction.