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ESPN’s Bowl Projection For Penn State Heading Into Conference Championship Weekend

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STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 13: Miles Sanders #24 of the Penn State Nittany Lions rushes for 78 yards against Joe Bachie #35 of the Michigan State Spartans and Khari Willis #27 of the Michigan State Spartans on October 13, 2018 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

After Penn State's victory over Maryland last Saturday, the Nittany Lions finished the season with a 9-3 record. Let's take a look at where the Nittany Lions are projected to play in a bowl game to cap off the year.

Penn State had a solid season, but dropped games to Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. As such, the College Football Playoff is out of play. The Rose Bowl also appears to be unreachable.

If Ohio State reaches the College Football Playoff, Michigan will likely take the Rose Bowl and leave Penn State for a potential New Year's Six game.

But if Ohio State beats Northwestern and winds up out of the playoff, it'll head to the Rose Bowl. Michigan would likely then get a New Year's Six bid. Penn State's situation would be tougher.

ESPN's analysts have different opinions on where Penn State will end up. Mitch Sherman has the Nittany Lions taking on Kentucky in the Outback Bowl in Tampa. Kyle Bonagura has them against LSU in the Citrus Bowl.

Both are great contests, but obviously, the Fiesta Bowl would be a better score.

We'll know Penn State's real bowl location on Sunday.