Penn State Football Opts out of Potential Bowl Game, Ends 2020 Season

By Matthew Filipovits on December 19, 2020 at 11:32 pm
Dec 19, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; A general view of Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
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Penn State football has opted out of a potential 2020 bowl game. The decision officially brings the challenging 2020 season to an end. According to the statement, the decision was made by the team, and fully supported by James Franklin and Sandy Barbour.

It's been a long season for the Nittany Lions, getting things off to an 0-5 start for the first time in program history. They righted the ship against Michigan for the first win of the season, and rattled off three more consecutive wins to close out the season. The Nittany Lions finish the season 4-5, their first losing season since 2004.

COVID-19 has upended the sport as a whole and forced many challenging protocols into place. James Franklin said he let the team make the decision to either opt-in or out of a bowl game, with the team clearly choosing the latter. The move allows players and coaches to return to their families for the holidays and set their eyes on a better season in 2021.

Penn State was one of just two Big Ten teams to play all nine games on their schedule, with Rutgers being the other. 

Now comes a busy few weeks of roster management as several players have decisions to make regarding their NFL futures or transfer options.

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