More Penn State bowl talk; WR Juan Johnson looks ahead to next season

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More bowl chatter

Throw a dart. That’s probably the best way to pick Penn State’s bowl destination.

But with another week of speculation in front of us, there’s a couple of more theories on where the Nittany Lions will go and who they will face in whatever bowl they end up in.

Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call has one of the most in-depth bowl projections you will read between now and Sunday, Dec. 3.

As Wogenrich points out:

Bowl contracts do matter. For instance: The Orange Bowl  is obligated to pair an ACC team (normally the champ) against the highest-ranked non-champion from the Big Ten or SEC or Notre Dame. If the ACC champ is in the playoff, the next-highest-ranked team goes to the Orange Bowl as its replacement.

Burt Wilson of LancasterOnline has a recap of where everyone else thinks Penn State will land.

Again, throw a dart.

Who should it be?

The Big Ten would love to see the Penn State-Maryland game develop into another season-ending rivalry that the conference could showcase.

The staff at Lions247 asks, who should Penn State play in its final regular season game each year?

Penn State’s biggest games (Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State) are generally squeezed into the middle-to-late portion of the schedule. Or Pitt, for instance, has been in the nonconference portion the last two seasons.

Looking ahead

Wide receiver Juan Johnson made his impact on the 2017 season with a game-winning touchdown catch against Iowa.

But he has bigger things in his sights, writes’s Ben Jones.

Says Jones:

Even if he doesn’t want to admit it, the swagger is obvious. Johnson carries himself like the target that he is, towering over everyone around him.

Johnson finished the regular season with 48 receptions for 635 yards and the score to beat Iowa. The 48 receptions were good enough to tie for second on the team.

Also looking ahead

Another player who has made an impact, albeit in a different fashion is Nittany Lions backup quarterback Tommy Stevens.

Used as a quarterback, receiver, out of the backfield, Stevens has become somewhat of a focus the last few weeks. The redshirt sophomore could possibly transfer for a better opportunity to start, or, wait behind starter Trace McSorley, who is eligible for the NFL draft after this season.

Either way, Donnie Collins of the Scranton Times writes that Stevens is figuring out a role for himself.

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