Well, we did beat the B1G east champion this year, so it's not really that far-fetched that CJB could do it again. Fact is, having an easier road to the conference championship means you'll also have more shots at winning it.So, in the past 10 years how much winning has Purdue done? How many bowls have you gone too? How many consecutive losing seasons have you had? How many BCS level bowls?
How many ESPN college games days in the past 10 years? How many guys you put in the NFL in the past 10 years. How many first round draft picks?
And yes. The easier path to a major bowl is in our division of the ACC. You beat Clemson and you’re in. Even if you lose the ACC championship game. The toughest opponent in your division is Wisconsin. Which means you have to win the Big 10 championship game to get in the playoffs. Besides as a program you don’t have the recent history that we do. You haven’t been to a BCS bowl game recently. You haven’t had several winning season back to back. Won more than 9 games in forever. You don’t have the draw that we would have when bowl selection committees are selecting teams for major bowls.