Penn State’s bowl fate rests in the hands of the College Football Playoff selection committee.
The Nittany Lions, 9-3 and ranked at No. 12 entering the Sunday’s final rankings release, received the results they wanted on Saturday, as Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Oklahoma all earned victories to hold serve as favorites and win their respective conference title games.
Now, head coach James Franklin’s team must wait to see if the Buckeyes jump the Sooners in the final top-25, or if the committee would surprisingly decide to keep No. 4 Georgia in the top-four after it lost to the No. 1 Crimson Tide 35-28 in the SEC title game.
If Ohio State and/or Georgia gets in, Penn State will head to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Ga., on Dec. 29, which would mark their third New Year’s Six appearance in a row. If not, the Lions are almost certainly headed to the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Fla.
The bowl projections across the country predict the following:
Bleacher Report: Citrus, vs. Kentucky
ESPN: Kentucky vs. Penn State, Citrus; Kentucky vs. Penn State, Outback
The Athletic: Citrus vs. Kentucky
USA Today: Citrus vs. Kentucky
The Playoff semifinalists will be announced at Noon today, and New Year’s Six bowl pairings will be released at 3 p.m. The Big Ten will release their remaining bowl matchups no later than 6 p.m., on Sunday.