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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 --'s Big Ten blog and'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'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.