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2011 Bowl Predictions: Penn State On Course For Familiar Destination, Temple Cinches Bowl Eligibility

With the turmoil that enveloped State College this past week, perhaps SB Nation's Bill Connelly's latest bowl projections will offer the comfort of stability to some Penn State fan. After Saturday's loss to Nebraska, the Nittany Lions are on pace for a record fifth appearance in the Outback Bowl. There, Connelly predicts they will meet Steve Spurrier's South Carolina Gamecocks.

Temple picked up an important win against Miami (Ohio) this past week to officially seal its bowl eligibility and remain a half-game behind MAC East leaders Ohio. As a result, Connelly predicts the Owls will be the MAC's third bowl selection, earning them a trip to Boise, Idaho, for the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (nee Humanitarian Bowl) against Florida International Golden Panthers.

Connelly's projections for the BCS games are as follows:

BCS National Championship Game (1/9/2012): LSU vs. Oklahoma State

Rose Bowl (1/2/2012): Oregon vs. Wisconsin

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (1/2/2012): Oklahoma vs. Houston

Allstate Sugar Bowl (1/3/2012): Alabama vs. Stanford

Discover Orange Bowl (1/4/2012): Clemson vs. Cincinnati