Ranked: Pundit Picks for Penn State's Bowl Destination - Week 13

By Craig Fritz on November 30, 2017 at 9:30 am
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Did losses by three teams in the top-10 change Penn State's bowl projections? You bet your bottom they did. Bye-bye lots of picks for a Notre Dame matchup, hello TCU, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, and Miami! We rank the latest bowl projections from around the web.

7. Brad Crawford - 247Sports

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta - Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Georgia vs. Penn State

RLR take: I mean, we're REALLY splitting hairs now. Every pick is for a New Year's Six game. The only reason this is my least favorite game is it's in UGA's back yard and Penn State played the Dawgs two years ago.

6. Jason Kirk - SB Nation, Kyle Bonagura - ESPN, Eric Single - Sports Illustrated, Erick Smith - USA Today

  • Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas - Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • TCU vs. Penn State

RLR take: Another near home game for the opponent, but it wouldn't be as much of a factor as Georgia in Atlanta. TCU would be a great challenge for Penn State, but a pretty evenly-matched game. The Lions and Horned Frogs haven't played in decades.

5. Jerry Palm - CBS Sports

  • Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas - Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Auburn vs. Penn State

RLR take - The Herb Hand employment history tour? The Tigers and Lions haven't faced off since the dismal Capital One Bowl in January 2003. I have a feeling there might be a few more points scored this time around.

4. Brett McMurphy - The Score

  • Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas - Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Georgia vs. Penn State

RLR take: Now we're talking. National power? Check. True neutral site? Check. This game in JerryWorld would be rocking.

3. David Hale - ESPN

  • Capital One Orange Bowl - Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida - Dec. 30, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Miami vs. Penn State

RLR take: This is another home game for the opponent, but these historical foes have provided unmatched theater in the past. This is a nostalgia pick for sure, since the Lions and Hurricanes haven't played in 16 years.

2. Bill Bender - The Sporting News

  • Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic - AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas - Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Notre Dame vs. Penn State

RLR take: Good Bill Bender thinks the Irish still carry enough weight to push Brian Kelly's three-loss squad into a NY6 game. I don't see it happening, but I would love to see it.

1. Kerry Miller - Bleacher Report

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl - Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta - Jan. 1, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Alabama vs. Penn State

RLR take: Holy Toledo. If you want to take the temperature of your program, go up against the sport's current dynasty. Alabama hasn't finished a season outside of the top 10 since 2007, and they've won four national championships in that span. I am certain the Lions would have a better showing than the 2010/11 debacles. 

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