I’m sure a lot of Purdue fans were hoping that the Boilermakers would play in the Music City Bowl, so they could travel a much shorter distance than New York or Santa Clara. It was announced on Sunday that Purdue will face Arizona in the Foster Farms Bowl out in Santa Clara, which is still a great achievement no matter where the game is played.
The Boilermakers (6-6) will square off against Arizona (7-5) of the Pac-12 Conference at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on Dec. 27. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised by FOX.
“This is an exciting time for our players, especially our seniors,” Purdue vice president and athletics director Mike Bobinski said. “To have their season-long efforts and determination rewarded with the opportunity to represent Purdue in a bowl game is a tremendous accomplishment. Through the leadership of Jeff Brohm, our coaching staff has orchestrated an amazing turnaround in one year and significantly elevated the stature of our program. We are clearly trending upward, and being selected to play in the Foster Farms Bowl is a major step forward for Purdue football.
“We are thrilled to be heading to Santa Clara, where Purdue boasts nearly 10,000 alumni within 250 miles. Our fan base is re-energized, and there is no doubt in my mind that the Boilermakers will be well represented at Levi’s Stadium.”
Not only will there be tons of Purdue fans in the stands based on the numbers, the players probably are excited to play in the nice sunny weather rather than a cold Nashville day. They should be rested and ready to play a great game when they face Arizona.
Purdue probably is the early favorite, simply because of head coach Jeff Brohm’s experience. In three years at Western Kentucky, Brohm reached a bowl game each time and won all three of their postseason games. Not only has Brohm won all three bowl games at Western Kentucky, the Hilltoppers won in dominant fashion averaging 48.3 points per game.
The Boilermakers will be playing in their 18th bowl game all-time (9-8 record), and 12th in the last 20 seasons. Purdue had not been to a bowl game since January 2013. It has been almost five years since that game, and I’m sure the Boilermakers are still ecstatic to be back there.