Penn State Football: Projecting the Nittany Lions' Bowl Game after Win vs. OSU

Andrew Pregler@ACPreglerContributor IIINovember 20, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 19:  Silas Redd #25 of the Penn State Nittany Lions is stopped short of the goal line by the defense of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the third quarter on November 19, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Penn State defeated Ohio State 20-14. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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The Penn State Nittany Lions finally moved on from their recent scandal ON the field with a win in the Horseshoe of Ohio State, showing their talent in a 20-14 win. 

At this point, Penn State is in control of their own destiny, needing only a win over 17th-ranked Wisconsin to earn a spot in the first ever Big Ten championship game. While Wisconsin is a talented team that at one point was the favorite to win the conference and possibly a national title, the Badgers have fallen off their high horse to directly below Penn State.

The Nittany Lions are set for a prime-time bowl, win or lose vs. the Badgers. If they defeat the Badgers and move on to the Big Ten championship, they will face the Michigan State Spartans in Indianapolis. At this point, the Nittany Lions will have earned a berth in either the Rose Bowl with a win or the Capital One Bowl with a loss.

If Wisconsin does defeat Penn State, then the situation gets a tad messier. PSU is essentially guaranteed a third-place spot in the conference with a loss, but it will not be certain until after the Michigan-Ohio State contest. If Michigan wins, they will be tied with Penn State at 6-2 in the conference. 

Third place gets the Outback Bowl while fourth place gets the Gator Bowl. Odds are that in a tie, Michigan would gain third place with a higher BCS ranking and one less scandal to deal with (the sad but unfortunate truth). 

However, in all honesty, the fact that Penn State won today against the Buckeyes is a good indication that the Lions are ready to move on from this scandal with their on the field play. To put numbers to it, I would give PSU the edge over Wisconsin but not over Michigan State. With that, PSU fans, get ready for Florida, the Nittany Lions will be playing for either the Capital One bowl or the Gator Bowl championships. 

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