Football Bowl Association director anticipates all 42 bowls will be played this season
Nick Carparelli is the new executive director of the Football Bowl Association, and his first year on the job has been made difficult by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, as some FCS conferences postpone their football seasons to spring, many are wondering if bowl season will be affected at the FBS level.
Carparelli spoke with DallasNews.com recently, and said he thinks there’s still time to make decisions regarding bowl games for 2020:
“The uncertainty is hard for all of us,” Carparelli said during a recent stop in Dallas. “Leaders are wired to lead and to provide direction and make decisions. But we’re in an unusual time where it’s hard to make decisions when there’s so many questions unanswered.
“I think we still have a little bit of time. I think the countdown to decisions on the regular season is coming quickly and I think the commissioners will make those decisions, but the bowl system is in a position where we’re remaining patient.”
Carparelli said all 42 bowls are prepared to host their annual games when the regular season comes to an end, though:
“We’re not faced with that decision just yet so there hasn’t been a whole lot of thought as to how it will be executed,” Carparelli said. “But I can tell you that all 42 bowl games are prepared to host their games and to conduct the bowl season at the end of the regular season, whenever it can be.”
Expect changes to the 6-win rule, though, as many teams likely won’t reach the usual 12 game mark this regular season. Carparelli said he expects records to “take a back seat” this year.