College Football Bowls: Penn State's Headed to the TicketCity Bowl

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIDecember 4, 2011

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12:   A Penn State fan carries a 'Say it ain't so' sign outside Beaver Stadium after the Penn State vs. Nebraska NCAA football game in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal on November 12, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania.  Penn State lost their final home game 17-14 to Nebraska. Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno was fired amid allegations that former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was involved with child sex abuse.   (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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The TicketCity Bowl.

No, we're not wrong. The (alleged) crimes of Jerry Sandusky have now officially kicked the Nittany Lions in the nuts, as they are now in the Big Ten's second-lowest bowl bid, the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas, where they'll face either Southern Miss or Houston.

I'm sorry, but this absolutely sucks. Penn State's football players have done nothing wrong. They didn't shower with children or ignore the fact that someone else did. They battled throughout the season, even when Wisconsin was running up the score on them in an effort to look as impressive as possible for the BCS voters (the Badgers are still going to the Rose Bowl, folks!), and they finished 9-3.

Now, they are behind Northwestern (a team they beat), Ohio State (ditto) and won't play in a better bowl, which they sorely deserve for their efforts. And if you're like me, you're screaming and crying about Penn State not getting a New Year's Bowl.

I've been informed that all Jan. 1 bowls are in fact now Jan. 2 bowls, because Sunday is an "NFL Sunday," which college football is not allowed to go anywhere near.

The game's going to be on ESPNU. Yay.

Hey, the Cotton Bowl's a pretty good venue for football, but this isn't—despite what Tom Bradley might say in an effort to be as courteous as possible—what they wanted.

And nor did any Penn State fan worth their salt.