PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



College Football Playoff and Bowl Game Primer: Where Will Penn State Play?

With today’s Earth-shattering news of Penn State’s sanction reduction, including immediate postseason eligibility, an issue many fans haven’t kept up on is now at the forefront of many minds: What’s the deal with the new postseason?

Playoff System

Under the new system, six bowls (Orange, Cotton, Fiesta, Rose, Sugar, and Peach) have now been selected to rotate each year to host the semifinals, with the winners of each semifinal playing in the freshly-minted College Football Championship Game.

The semifinals will pit the No. 1 against No. 4, and No. 2 against No. 3. The four bowls that are not semifinals will still be played, and will feature traditional conference tie-ins. The Rose Bowl will feature the Big Ten No. 1 and the Pac-12 No. 1, the Sugar Bowl will feature the SEC No.1 and the Big 12 No. 1, and the Orange Bowl will feature the ACC No. 1 and either the SEC #2, Big Ten #2, or Notre Dame. The Cotton Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl will be selected at-large or from the mid-major schools, known as the Group of Five, who are guaranteed at least one spot in the bowls.

The semifinal games will rotate every year, with Rose/Sugar, Orange/Cotton, and Fiesta/Peach paired together in that order, and will be played on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For the Big Ten, when the Rose Bowl is hosting a semifinal (as it is this year) and the Conference Champion is not in the playoffs, they will play in either the Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, or Peach Bowl.

A committee will select all of these teams, instead of the BCS computers. This committee will include Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez, former Nebraska head coach and AD Tom Osborne, and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, among others.

Bowl Games

The playoff system is probably not something Penn State needs to worry about this year, but it will not eliminate the bowl games of old, however. Bowl tie-ins for the power conferences will be in effect as well, and Penn State fans can rejoice in knowing postseason football is a true possibility. Here are the bowls Big Ten teams are automatically tied to in some capacity.

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas (December 26th, 1:00 PM)

Quick Lane Bowl
Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan (December 26th, 4:30 PM)

New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York (December 27th, 4:30 PM)

National University Holiday Bowl
Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California (December 27th, 8:00PM)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee (December 30th, 3:00PM)

San Francisco Bowl
Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (December 30th, 10:00PM)

Capital One Bowl
Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, FL (January 1st, 1:00PM)

Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL (January 1st, 1:00PM)

TaxSlayer Bowl
EverBank Field in Jacksonville, FL (January 2nd, 3:20PM)

Additionally, the Miami Beach Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl contain at-large bids if BYU and Navy, respectively, are not bowl-eligible. If Penn State can keep up its current pace, one of these bowls will be inundated with Blue and White. Penn State fans have been waiting a long time for a return to postseason glory, and may well get it this year.

Thanks to USA Today, SBNation, and Wikipedia for information for this post.

About the Author

Noel Purcell

Noel Purcell is Onward State's Features Editor. He's a senior Supply Chain major, but is going to law school at some point in the future and masquerades as a writer for now. He continues to disappoint his ancestors by being a complete Irish stereotype. His email is [email protected] because there were no other Noels before him. His ex-wife got the good half of his bio in the divorce settlement.



North Dakota Interested In Playing Against Penn State Hockey In Nashville

North Dakota is working towards an agreement that will see its hockey team play against Penn State in Nashville during the 2020-21 season.

Former Cal Swimmer Says She Emailed Sandy Barbour About Sexual Harassment Claims

Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Student Life

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

State Theatre Recognized As A State College Historic Site

As it approaches the 80th anniversary of its opening, the State Theatre has been recognized as a State College historic site.

Penn State Love Stories: A Chance Meeting On A Service Trip

When Abby Wilt went on a service trip to Nassau, Bahamas, she had no idea she’d meet the love of her life.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend