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Published: Mon, December 05, 2016
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

Penn State gives playoff committee something to ponder

Penn State gives playoff committee something to ponder

BYU (8-4) accepted a bid to this year's Poinsettia Bowl back in November 2013 - and will also be there in 2018, provided the Cougars aren't in the College Football Playoff that season. Four teams that started near the top of the College Football Playoff rankings will play for the national championship.

On this Bowl Selection Sunday, the biggest news comes later from the CFP selection committee. "Obviously, us being Big Ten champions and winning a game head-to-head, we felt that it gave us a lot of value".

Penn State will play in the Rose Bowl for the fourth time and first since 2009. The most likely scenario appears to be a trip to the Cotton Bowl, a New Year's Six bowl, to play Western Michigan on January 2. Huskies fans were holding up signs at games late in the season, proclaiming "We want Bama". "I didn't hold up that sign".

The Tide is bidding to become the third wire-to-wire No. 1 team in the AP poll while the Huskies worked their way up from a No. 14 preseason ranking. I feel like I know him, I see him on TV so much.

Ohio State lost to Penn State on October 22, but closed the season with a double-overtime victory over then-No.

The other semifinal is No. 2 Clemson against No. 3 Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl, also December 31. The argument goes like this: Co-champs of the toughest division in college football, championship game winners of the best conference in football and the only team to beat No. 2 Ohio State.

Clemson 40, Ohio State 35, January 2, 2013 in the Orange Bowl.

Ohio State's strength of schedule, capped by last week's double-overtime victory over then-No.

I'm sticking with Oklahoma at five, did move Penn State up to sixth following its win over Wisconsin, kept MI at seventh and dropped Wisconsin two spots to eighth. So the Tigers will wear the home jerseys in University of Phoenix stadium instead of the Buckeyes.

Kirby Hocutt, chair of the College Football Playoff, said on ESPN that the deciding factors between Penn State (11-2) and Washington (12-1) were won-loss records and statistical metrics. Trace McSorley responded with a wheel route touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley just after the start of the fourth, giving Penn State its first lead of the night, 35-31. The Nittany Lions also were beaten by 39 at MI in their last loss.

Only Penn State was able to make a final statement and what a statement it was.

INDIANAPOLIS -?When the top four teams won this weekend, the College Football Playoff Selection Committee won a reprieve. "But we're also excited about the opportunity to play in a big bowl game and continue our season".

The Badgers await the announcement of their bowl destination this afternoon.

- Which Pac-12 team will be in the Rose Bowl? Navy's loss to Temple on Saturday in the American Athletic Conference championship game ensures the Midshipmen (9-3, with Army-Navy left) will play in the Armed Forces Bowl.

- Which Atlantic Coast Conference team will play in the Orange Bowl, likely against No. 6 MI?

- Which teams will play in the Cotton Bowl? "One loss, they were not competitive in that particular game (49-10 at Michigan)".

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