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Penn State's Bowl Situation After The Maryland Win

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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)

Penn State blew out Maryland on Saturday afternoon, denying the Terrapins bowl eligibility in the process. They did, however, greatly increase their odds at playing in a New Year's Six game.

Penn State finishes the season with a 9-3 record, but behind both Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten East. The Nittany Lions' bowl situation is currently quite complicated, despite the fact that their regular season is over.

First, Penn State needs to finish in the top 12 of the College Football Playoff rankings to be considered for an at-large berth in the New Year's Six. Whether they will remains to be seen.

Next Saturday, Ohio State will take on Northwestern in the Big Ten title game. If Ohio State wins and reaches the College Football Playoff, it's likely that Michigan will get the Rose Bowl bid. Penn State could then, in theory, get either the Fiesta Bowl or Peach Bowl bid.

If Northwestern wins, it'll get the automatic Rose Bowl bid. That would knock Penn State down a peg - since Ohio State and Michigan would be ahead of the Nittany Lions for the New Year's Six games.

If Penn State does not wind up in a New Year's Six game, the Citrus Bowl makes a lot of sense.

So the two things that matter, moving forward, are the final College Football Playoff rankings and who wins the Big Ten title game.