Penn State Holds Steady in Bowl Projections Despite Bye Week
While Penn State enjoyed a well-deserved bye week, there were some changes to the national college football rankings. However, the updated bowl projections still have a familiar look in the big picture.
According to CBSSports.com college football writer Jerry Palm, Penn State is projected to play in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 30. The Nittany Lions would face off against Alabama in Palm’s updated projection. Interestingly, this is the same pairing Palm had in his bowl projections a week ago, indicating that the results of this past weekend had no effect on Penn State’s or Alabama’s bowl outlook.
Both Penn State and Alabama would be at-large options for the Peach Bowl. In Palm’s current College Football Playoff projection, Michigan and Georgia are the projected Big Ten and SEC champions, respectively. Georgia would face Texas, while Michigan would go up against Florida State.
Unfortunately, Penn State and Alabama would miss out on an opportunity to play in the Orange Bowl in Palm’s projection. The ACC’s contracted spot in the bowl game would go to North Carolina, with the other spot going to the highest-ranked team from the Big Ten, SEC, or Notre Dame. With Notre Dame losing its second game of the year, it seems unlikely that they will secure the other Orange Bowl slot. Instead, Palm has Ohio State ahead of Penn State and Alabama in the Orange Bowl slot.
Based on Palm’s projection, it appears that Penn State is on track for two losses, one against Ohio State and another against Michigan.
In other news, Penn State moved up one spot in this week’s US LBM Coaches Poll. The Nittany Lions will return to action this week with a home game against UMass before facing off against Ohio State in Week 8.
For more details on Jerry Palm’s updated bowl projections, you can visit CBS Sports.
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This story was originally published on Nittany Lions Wire.