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The 2020 college football season is in question with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to be prevalent in the United States.
Still, a number of conferences plan on moving forward with football. What this season will feature few or maybe even none of are bowl games.
What bowl-eligibility will look like is anyone’s guess. With that said, we look at what school has the longest bowl streak in each Power 5 conference:
ACC: Virginia Tech (27)
The nation’s longest active bowl streak belongs to Virginia Tech. The Hokies have not missed a bowl game since 1992, although there were some close calls along the way. Virginia Tech had to win its final two games to become bowl-eligible in 2012 and 2018. It had to beat Virginia to become bowl-eligible in 2014 and 2015. Virginia Tech is 12-15 in those bowl games and just 2-7 in major bowls over that stretch.
Big 12: Oklahoma (21)
Since Bob Stoops came to Norman in 1999, Oklahoma has made a bowl game every season. That tradition has continued under Lincoln Riley. Oklahoma is 9-12 in bowl games over that stretch, but 14 have been either BCS or New Year’s Six bowls. During this stretch, Oklahoma has finished in the top 10 on 14 occasions. The Sooners capped the 2000 season with a 13-2 win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl for the national championship.
Big Ten: Wisconsin (18)
The longest streak in Big Ten belongs to Wisconsin. The Badgers have made bowl games in each of the last 18 seasons and in 23 of the last 24. Wisconsin is 9-9 in those games and had won five straight bowls before last season’s heartbreaking 28-27 loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin has gone 0-4 in the Rose Bowl during this stretch. Prior to missing a bowl in 2001, the Badgers had won the Rose Bowl in three straight seasons.
Pac-12: Washington (10)
The shortest streak on the list, but the longest streak in the Pac-12 belongs to Washington. After an 0-12 season under Tyrone Willingham in 2008, Washington started its streak in the second year of the Steve Sarkisian era. Chris Petersen took the Huskies to a bowl in each season of his 6-year tenure in Seattle. Washington has lost six games five times during the streak and is 0-3 in New Year’s Six bowls.
SEC: Georgia (23)
Not since Jim Donnan’s first season as head coach in Athens of 1996 has Georgia missed a bowl. The Bulldogs have played in a bowl game in each season since 1997 and is 17-7 in those contests. That includes victories in four BCS and New Year’s Six bowls. Over the last 23 years, Georgia has finished ranked in the top 10 on 11 occasions. Among teams on the list, only Oklahoma can say the same.