Penn State Snubbed By Bigger Bowls

Penn State will square off against Houston in the Ticket City Bowl on January 2, while Temple faces Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl on December 17.

  • Live
14 Total Updates since November 6, 2011
  • Important 5
  • Updates 12
  • Articles 2
  • All Updates 14

2011 Bowl Projections: Penn State To Insight or Mieneke Care Car Bowl

On Saturday, the 2011-12 Big Ten Conference season wrapped up, as the University of Wisconsin defeated Michigan State University, 42-39, in the inaugural championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The victory helped the Badgers earn a invitation to the Rose Bowl where it will face the Pac-12 Conference champion, the University of Oregon.

While, Badger fans know their bowl fate, Penn State University and Temple University football fans are patiently waiting for an invitation to the postseason. As of Sunday morning, SB Nation's Jason Kirk has PSU (9-3) playing in the Insight Bowl, Dec. 30, against Baylor University in Tempe, AZ, while Temple (8-4) is expected to be invited to the Military Bowl, Dec. 28, against Wake Forest University in Washington D.C.

Meanwhile, CollegeBowlProjections.com has the Nittany Lions also playing in the Insight Bowl, but against the University of Texas. Temple is predicted to play the University of Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 17, in Albuquerque, NM.

Scout.com has PSU traveling to Houston, TX to play Texas A&M in the Mieneke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Dec. 31, while Temple is projected to play San Diego State University in the New Mexico Bowl.

Check back to SB Nation Philly for more on Penn State's possible bowl destination. SB Nation's Black Shoes Diaries will also have more about the Nittany Lions bowl possibilities.

Continue

2011 Bowl Projections: Penn State And Temple Football Both Postseason Bound

Both SB Nation Philly college football programs -- Penn State Nittany Lions and Temple Owls -- have collected enough victories to qualify for a 2011 postseason invitation. However, with still a few more college football games on the overall schedule fans don't know who and where their school will be playing. Well, we have the cure for problem, as we have compiled a list of 2011 bowl projections for both programs.

Here's a composite list of PSU's projected postseason destinations:

Scout.com: Gator Bowl vs. Auburn -- Jan. 2 in Jacksonville, FL.
Rivals.com: 
Insight Bowl vs. Oklohoma -- Dec. 30 in Tempe, AZ.
Collegebowlprojections.com: Insight Bowl vs. Baylor.
ESPN.com:: Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas -- Dec. 31 in Houston, TX.
CBSSports.com: Meineke Car Care Bowl vs. Texas A&M.

Temple's projected postseason destination:

Scout.com: New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana-Lafayette -- Dec. 17 in New Orleans, LA.
Rivals.com: New Mexico Bowl vs. Wyoming -- Dec. 17 in Albuquerque, NM.
Collegebowlprojections.com: New Orleans Bowl vs. Louisiana-Lafayette.
CBSSports.com: New Mexico Bowl vs San Diego St.

Check back to SB Nation Philly for more on Penn State's possible bowl destination. SB Nation's Black Shoes Diaries will also have more about the Nittany Lions bowl possibilities.

Continue

2011 Bowl Projections: Penn State Football To Meineke Car Care Bowl; Temple In New Mexico Bowl

After losing to the University of Wisconsin, 45-7, Saturday, many bowl projections Sunday had the Penn State University football program playing in the Insight Bowl, Dec. 30, in Tempe, AZ. However, there seems to be disagreement among the experts, as two other websites -- ESPN.com's Big Ten blog and CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm -- have the Nittany Lions competing in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Dec. 31, in Houston, TX.

"Penn State's loss in Madison drops the Nittany Lions several spots in the bowl pecking order," wrote ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett Sunday. "Some bowls will be reluctant to invite Penn State because of the negative publicity surrounding the program. We think the Lions will find a postseason home in Houston."

If Penn State is invited to the Meineke Car Care Bowl it will play a Big 12 Conference opponent. CBS' Palm has the Nittany Lions playing Texas A&M. Other possibilities could be: The University of Texas, Iowa State University and the University of Missouri.

Also projected by Palm: The Temple Owls football program to the New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 17, to play San Diego State.

Check back to SB Nation Philly for more on Penn State's possible bowl destination. SB Nation's Black Shoes Diaries will also have more about the Nittany Lions bowl possibilities.

Continue

2011 Bowl Projections: Temple Football Bowl Bound

Just a few days ago, the Temple University football team defeated Kent State, 34-16, and the hope among Owl fans was that the eighth victory of the season would be enough to help their chances at earning a bowl invitation. Well, good news Temple fans, as of Sunday many projections have the Owls postseason bound.

Now, the projected bowl invite may not be the most glamorous -- SB Nation's Off Tackle Empire has the Owls playing in the New Mexico Bowl -- or the most interesting -- Scott Dochterman of the Gazette has Temple winding up in the Military bowl -- but the point is, Temple has done enough to earn a postseason invite.

"My projection: Toledo and Temple wind up in New Mexico or Birmingham (BBVA) and WMU heads to Detroit," wrote Graham Couch of the Kalamazoo Gazette on Sunday.

Bowl invitations are traditionally handed out soon after conference championship games are played. If invited, look for Temple to accept an invitation sometime late this week or early next week.

Continue

2011 Bowl Predictions: Penn State Football To Insight Bowl

The Penn State Nittany Lions finished its 2011-12 campaign Saturday with a tough road loss, 45-7, to the University of Wisconsin in a Big Ten Conference game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, WI. The drubbing dropped Penn State (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) to second in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten and forces the Nittany Lions to wait and see which bowl game will invite them to play in the postseason.

So far, early projections have Penn State playing in the Insight Bowl against Kansas State, which is from the Big 12 Conference. There's a possibility that the Nittany Lions could earn a spot in the Meineke Car Care Bowl or the Gator Bowl -- which are considered as silently better bowls -- but the looming sexual abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky could hurt their bowl-bid profile.

"The Nittany Lions’ child sex abuse scandal is toxic for bowls that want feel-good stories and free-spending fans," wrote Scott Dochterman of The Gazette Sunday morning. "On the field, Penn State deserves a nice bowl at 9-3 and a share of the Leaders Division title. But "deserves" doesn’t sell travel packages or entice walk-up traffic. I still think Penn State lands in the Insight Bowl, which took Iowa last year."

Here's how the bowl selection process may go:

"The Insight Bowl will make the third selection after the Big Ten’s BCS teams are decided," wrote Mark Wogenrich of the Morning Call. "With the title-game winner headed to the Rose Bowl, and Michigan on the verge of a BCS at-large invitation, that leaves the title-game loser and Nebraska aligned for the top Florida bowls (Capital One and Outback)."

Wogenrich says, that the Gator Bowl, which selects right before the Insight Bowl, is looking to invite Ohio State University, which is in the process of hiring former Florida University head coach Urban Myer. If Myer is hired before the bowl invitations go out, the Buckeyes would be a perfect fit for the Gator Bowl, which is played in Jacksonville, FL -- a hotbed for Gator football.

If that scenario plays out like it should, Penn State would be the next Big Ten school in line for an invite.

Check back to SB Nation Philly for more on Penn State's possible bowl destination. SB Nation's Black Shoes Diaries will also have more about the Nittany Lions bowl possibilities.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Philly

You must be a member of SB Nation Philly to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Philly. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.