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NSN Bowl Projections: Penn State’s Bowl Fate Will Become Clearer Saturday

Penn State fans,  to Nittany Sports Now’s bowl projections.

With the College Football Playoff rankings being in its second week and the season reaching week 10 and beyond, it’s time for our initial bowl projections.

Penn State hosts No. 3 Michigan Saturday with a lot at stake for both teams. With a loss, Penn State would fall to 8-2 with games against Rutgers and Michigan State remaining.

Michigan, with a win, stays in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten alongside Ohio State, who it plays in two weeks. With a loss, Michigan would fall to 9-1 and its Big Ten Championship hopes take a weird hit as a three-way tie scenario would be in place if it were to beat OSU.

Without a doubt, this is the toughest test Michigan has had outside of the court of public opinion this season. For Penn State, a win would propel it into the top 5 with only a loss to Ohio State on its resume.

All eyes will be on Beaver Stadium today, but for now, let’s take a look at where the Nittany Lions could be for the holidays.

Each week, we’re going to take a shot at projecting 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: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Date: Monday, January 8, 2024
Time: 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Ohio State vs. Georgia

CFP Semi-Finals

Rose Bowl 

Date: Monday, January 1, 2024
Time: 5 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Ohio State vs. Washington

Sugar Bowl 

Date: Monday, January 1, 2024
Time: 8:45 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Georgia vs. Florida State

Fiesta Bowl

Date: Monday, January 1, 2024
Time: Noon
TV: ESPN

Texas vs. Oregon

Peach Bowl

Date: Saturday, December 30, 2023
Time: Noon
TV: ESPN

Penn State vs. Alabama

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

Date: Friday, December 29, 2023
Time: 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Tulane vs. Ole Miss

Orange Bowl – ACC vs. Big Ten or SEC

Date: Saturday, December 30, 2023
Time: 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Michigan vs. Louisville

Cheez-It Citrus Bowl vs. SEC

Date: Monday, January 1, 2024
Time: 1 p.m.
TV: ABC

Iowa vs. Missouri

SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl vs. Pac 12

Date: Saturday, December 23, 2023
Time: 7:30 p.m.
TV: ABC

Nebraska vs. USC

TransPerfect Music City Bowl vs. SEC

Date: Saturday, December 30, 2023
Time: Noon
TV: ABC

Wisconsin vs. Tennessee

New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. ACC

Date: Thursday, December 28, 2023
Time: 2 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Rutgers vs. Duke

Guaranteed Rate Bowl vs. Big 12

Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Time: 8:45 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Minnesota vs. Iowa State

Quick Lane Bowl vs. MAC

Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2023
Time: 2:00 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Maryland vs. Toledo

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