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NSN’s Bowl Projections: Penn State Still In Line For NY6

Photo by Alabama Athletics: DeVonta Smith

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

With the College Football Playoff rankings being in their third week and the season reaching Week 11 and beyond, it’s time for the second edition of our bowl projections.

Rutgers comes to University Park for a showdown against Penn State and a chance to improve its bowl selection being one of six Big Ten teams that’s bowl eligible.

Penn State sits at 8-2 after losing to Michigan and having fired offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. It just might be a new look Nittany Lions crew on offense against the Scarlet Knights.

For now, though Penn State sits at No. 12 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings, which should put them directly in line for a New Year’s Six Bowl Game once again. Penn State can still finish 10-2 and with its losses coming to Michigan and Ohio State and could see a rise in the polls over the final weeks of the regular season.

Each week, we’re going to take a shot at projections for where Penn State and other teams will play their bowl games. 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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