Penn State Bowl Projection Power Ranking: Week 15

By Matthew Filipovits on December 3, 2019 at 8:30 am
Nov 30, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin leads his team out of the tunnel prior to taking the field against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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The Nittany Lions took care of business on Saturday and got some help with a Wisconsin win over Minnesota. That Badger wins opens that ever-elusive Rose Bowl door back open. If Ohio State can put together another dominating performance against the Badgers, we could be smelling roses in less than a week.

Until then, let's take a look at where some of the experts think Penn State's next destination is.

4. Outback Bowl - Brad Crawford, 247Sports

  • Penn State vs. Texas A&M
  • Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida - Jan. 1

A 10-2 team playing a 7-5 team just feels wrong. I get that all of A&M's losses have come against top-10 teams, but they are still a run-of-the-mill SEC team. The Nittany Lions have nothing to gain from this matchup. If they win, beating a seven-win team is hardly a feather in their cap. If they lose, well, that would do a lot for the SEC's ego. Hard pass.

3. Orange Bowl - Jerry Palm, CBS Sports

  • Penn State vs. Virginia
  • Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida - Dec. 30

Going to the Orange Bowl would be great, but it would feel like a bit of a letdown considering where we all want the Nittany Lions to be on New Years Day. Virginia is a solid team, but it's important to note that they play in what could be the country's worst Power-Five division. These two teams last met in 2012 when the Nittany Lions fell in Charlottesville, and the legend of Sam Ficken was born. The Cavaliers never returned the favor and made the trip to Happy Valley, but a New Years Six bowl win would even things out.

2. rose bowl - MARK Schlabach, ESPN and Jason Kirk, Banner Society

  • Penn State vs. Utah
  • Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California - Jan. 1

The Nittany Lions and Utes have never met on the gridiron, but Penn State hoops did defeat Utah to win the 2018 NIT Tournament, so it wouldn't be surprising if every Utah fan holds a deep, burning hatred for the Nittany Lions. Utah is in the midst of a historic season and boasts one of the best defenses in the country. This would be a tough challenge against a new opponent and would give fans a good understanding of where this still-young Penn State team is heading into 2020.

1. Rose Bowl - Kyle Bongura, ESPN and Brett McMurphy, Stadium

  • Penn State vs. Oregon
  • Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, California - Jan. 1

When the Ducks are on, they can hang with pretty much anyone. This would be an insanely fun matchup between two of the more complete teams in the country. If this one ends up happening, it could be the most watchable non-playoff bowl game of the year.

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