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NSN Bowl Projections: ‘The Game’ Will Change Everything

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Welcome to Nittany Sports Now’s bowl projections.

It all comes down to what happens in Columbus during ‘The Game.’

The outcome between Michigan and Ohio State has playoff implications and then some as it will dictate the College Football Playoff as well as conference championship and even who gets New Year’s Six bids

As it stands, Penn State remained at No. 11 in the CFP Rankings and could move into the top 10 depending on what happens above them.

Above them sits Ohio State and Michigan at No. 2 and No. 3 respectively with Georgia at No. 1 and TCU at No. 4 to round out the top-four. From there the remainder of the top-10 is LSU, USC, Alabama, Clemson, Oregon and Tennessee.

LSU takes on Texas A&M this week while USC has Notre Dame who happen to be lurking at No. 15 and have a win over Clemson on their resume. Alabama faces Auburn in the Iron Bowl while Clemson hosts South Carolina fresh off the Gamecocks’ 63-38 thumping of Tennessee.

The Volunteers play Vanderbilt and Oregon heads to Oregon State. Oh and of course, Penn State and Michigan State face off for the Land-Grant Trophy.

So much will happen this weekend and a lot of it is going to have a direct impact on where the Nittany Lions will head for their bowl.

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: Ohio State vs. TCU

Peach Bowl

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

Prugar: Georgia vs. Michigan

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: Penn State vs. USC

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

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

Prugar: 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

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. Alabama

Cheez-It Citrus Bowl vs. SEC

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

Prugar: Illinois vs. Ole Miss

ReliaQuest Bowl vs. SEC

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

Prugar Minnesota vs. Kentucky

Duke’s Mayo Bowl vs. ACC

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

Prugar: Duke vs. Purdue

TransPerfect Music City Bowl vs. SEC

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

Prugar Iowa vs. Arkansas

New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. ACC

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

Prugar: Maryland vs. Pitt

Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs. Big 12

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

Prugar: Kansas vs. Wisconsin

Quick Lane Bowl vs. MAC

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

Prugar: Michigan State vs. Buffalo

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