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Penn State has to wait until the smoke clears after conference championship games on Saturday to officially find out which bowl game they will travel to. A lot of the speculation centers around the Cotton Bowl, which despite being played prior to New Year’s Day, is one of the coveted New Year’s Six bowl games.
Frank Bodani of the York Daily Record examines the possibility of Penn State heading to Texas for the Dec. 29 in the Cotton Bowl.
Bodani also writes that Penn State should help the Big Ten land its fair share of teams in the New Year’s Day bowl games.
Mike Kern of the Philadelphia Daily News says that Penn State finished strong this season, and now plays the waiting game.
Success or not?
A question that has been kicked around over the last day or so is whether or not Penn State’s 10-2 regular season record was a success or because of the narrow losses on the road to Ohio State and Michigan State, was it a disappointment?
John McGonigal and Josh Moyer of the Centre Daily Times debate the issue.
The Nittany Lions, by way of their 63-point beatdown of Maryland on Saturday, posted 10 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008-09.
Awaiting that special invite
Running back Saquon Barkley could still land an invite to the Dec. 9 Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City. Finalists won’t be known for another week, but Barkley says an invite to the ceremony would be special, writes Mark Wogenrich of the Allentown Morning Call.
Upon further review
There was certainly more good than bad, or even ugly in Penn State’s romp over Maryland on Saturday. John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times offers his review of the 66-3 victory.
Former Penn State assistant and current Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano was all set to accept the head coaching job at Tennessee, but apparently the deal fell through after several protests broke out on the Tennessee campus against the hiring.
Did Schiano’s past at Penn State, and affiliation with former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky have anything to do with Schiano not getting the Tennessee job? Des Beiler of the Washington Post says there could be something to that.
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