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Staff Picks: What Bowl Game Penn State Should Play In?

The Nittany Lions are bowl-eligible, folks.

After Penn State football took care of UMass in short order, winning 63-0, the program picked up its sixth win of the season, making it officially eligible to play in a postseason game. While the Nittany Lions are still a long way out from actually reaching the postseason with six games remaining in the season, our staffers decided to share their opinions about where they want Penn State to end up this December.

Rico Gore: Sugar Bowl

I know I should have gone with a funny or clever bowl game, but enough with the games. I want Penn State to make the playoffs. Because of that, my choice was between the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl. Since the team was already at the Rose Bowl last year, I want to see Penn State in the Sugar Bowl. We Are!

Mikey DeAngelis: The Super Bowl

Shoot for the moon, and if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. This Penn State team is 6-0, and after obliterating UMass 63-0, I feel like there’s nothing the group can’t do.

That’s why I’m predicting Penn State will make a run at the Super Bowl this year. After steamrolling its way through the College Football Playoff and crushing Georgia 100-0 in the championship, the NFL will surely reach out and offer to replace the AFC Champion with Penn State, resulting in a Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl.

Michael Siroty: The Bowling Alley

I think a bunch of college football players would have a great time at the bowling alley. That’s all.

Jamie Lynch: Pop-Tarts Bowl

Of course, I want to see Penn State in the College Football Playoff. This is the standard every year, and the Lions should continue to strive for the New Year’s Six bowls annually. However, you can’t tell me that traveling to Florida in the middle of winter to eat Pop-Tarts and watch Penn State football isn’t a college student’s dream.

The logo of this newly-named bowl game is crisp, creating the potential for some awesome merch — you bet I would rock a Pop-Tarts sweatshirt around campus. And what would be dumped on James Franklin after a win? A bowl full of breakfast pastries? A bucket of chocolate or cherry filling? This intrigue alone would make me want to see the Nittany Lions make an appearance. Plus, a chance for revenge on the same field where Penn State lost the heartbreaking 2019 Citrus Bowl is always a sweet thought. If the playoff is out of the question, and the Rose Bowl is not in play, I wouldn’t mind seeing my team make the trip to Orlando for this one-of-a-kind postseason experience.

Joe Lister: Duke’s Mayo Bowl

Two words: Mayo. Naise.

There is nothing that I want more from life than to watch James Franklin’s shiny, bald head slimed with a tub of mayo Nickelodeon-style. Nobody actually cares about the college football playoff, anyway. Do the right thing, Duke’s Mayo Bowl. Invite Penn State to the bowl game.

CJ Doebler: SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl

I’ve got student loans to pay, folks.

Chances are, Onward State will make the trip to wherever Penn State ends up this postseason, so why not make it somewhere fun like Las Vegas? I turn 21 shortly, and I’m in the process of developing a system that’s sure to beat any casino in Vegas. Yeah, Penn State will play a football game while we’re there, but by the end of the trip, I’ll never have to work another day in my life, and that’s worth more than any bowl win could ever be.

Nolan Wick: Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Let’s have some fun with this. The Idaho Potato Bowl embodies that fun perfectly. It’s a low-stakes game that results in the winning coach getting french fries dumped on him — how fun is that? Plus, we’d get to watch a Penn State game on Albertsons Stadium’s legendary blue field. 

Cadyn Gill: Cotton Bowl

If I had to pick a bowl game for the Nittany Lions to play in this season, I would pick the Cotton Bowl. As someone born and raised in Dallas, Texas, it would be incredible to watch Penn State play in one of the best venues on earth: AT&T Stadium. I know that Penn State played Memphis in the Cotton Bowl a few years ago, so why not run it back?

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