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NSN Bowl Projections: Penn State to South Beach?

College Football Playoff

Welcome to Nittany Sports Now’s bowl projections.

Each week the season slowly gets to the end of the regular season and teams begin their focus on bowl preparations.

Some teams have a lot on the line in the next two to three weeks of the season with rivalry games aplenty and conference championship games on the horizon. Chaos is sure to ensue and we are here for it.

The Big Ten will come down to the last week of November when Michigan and Ohio State will face off for a game with Playoff implications. The Pac 12 is about to sort itself out with USC playing Notre Dame the last week of the season as well as UCLA this week while Utah and Oregon go head-to-head this week.

Penn State is now up to No. 11 in the CFP Rankings and could easily move into the top 10 in the next two weeks ensuring the Nittany Lions will be off to a quality bowl destination.

Each week, we’re going to take a shot at projected who will go to each bowl. For simplicity, I’ve projected the CFP Semifinals and National Championship, New Year’s Six bowls as well as bowls the Big Ten is eligible for.

NSN’S BOWL PROJECTIONS

CFP National Championship

Location: SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, Cali.
Date: Monday, January 9, 2023
Time: 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Ohio State vs. Georgia

CFP Semi Finals

Fiesta Bowl

Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Time: 4 p.m. or 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Prugar: Georgia vs. TCU
Smeltzer: Georgia vs. Michigan

Peach Bowl

Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Time: 4 p.m. or 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Prugar: Ohio State vs. Tennessee
Smeltzer: Ohio State vs. Tennessee

Rose Bowl – Highest ranked Big 10 team, if not the Big Ten champion vs. Pac 12

Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Time: 5 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Prugar: Michigan vs. USC
Smeltzer: Penn State vs. Tennessee

Cotton Bowl – Highest Ranked Group of 5 vs. At-Large

Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Time: 1 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Prugar: UCF vs. Washington
Smeltzer: Tulane vs. Washington

Sugar Bowl – SEC Champion if not in CFP vs. Big 12

Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Time: Noon
TV: ESPN

Prugar: LSU vs. Kansas State
Smeltzer: LSU vs. TCU

Orange Bowl – ACC vs. Big Ten or SEC

Date: Friday, December 30, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Prugar: Clemson vs. Penn State
Smeltzer: Clemson vs. Alabama

Cheez-It Citrus Bowl vs. SEC

Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Time: 1 p.m.
TV: ABC

Prugar: Illinois vs. Alabama
Smeltzer: Purdue vs. Ole Miss

ReliaQuest Bowl vs. SEC

Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Time: Noon
TV: ESPN 2

Prugar Minnesota vs. Ole Miss
Smeltzer: Minnesota vs. Kentucky

Duke’s Mayo Bowl vs. ACC

Date: Friday, December 30, 2022
Time: Noon
TV: ESPN

Prugar: Duke vs. Purdue
Smeltzer: Illinois vs. Duke

TransPerfect Music City Bowl vs. SEC

Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022
Time: Noon
TV: ABC

Prugar Iowa vs. Kentucky
Smeltzer: Iowa vs. Arkansas

New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. ACC

Date: Thursday, December 29, 2022
Time: 2 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Prugar: Maryland vs. Pitt
Smeltzer: Wisconsin vs. Pitt

Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs. Big 12

Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Time: 10:15 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Prugar: Kansas vs. Wisconsin
Smeltzer: Kansas vs. Maryland

Quick Lane Bowl vs. MAC

Date: Monday, December 26, 2022
Time: 2:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Prugar: Michigan State vs. Buffalo
Smeltzer: Michigan State vs. SMU

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