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ESPN's New Bowl Projection For Penn State After Win Over Rutgers

penn state wide receiver deandre thompkins can't make a catch

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 17: DeAndre Thompkins #3 of the Penn State Nittany Lions can't make a catch on an overthrown pass during the fourth quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Penn State won 20-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)

Penn State didn't play its best game of the season on Saturday, but the Nittany Lions did emerge with their eighth win of the season. Penn State took down Rutgers on the road, 20-7, to move to 8-3 on the season.

Penn State has Maryland in its regular season finale on Saturday, and with a win, the Nittany Lions would make a decent case to be included in this year's New Year's Six. One ESPN writer sees it ending that way. Another has apparently changed his mind.

Last week, both Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman projected Penn State to the Fiesta Bowl. This week, it looks a bit different.

Bonagura still has Penn State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl - against Florida. Sherman now has Penn State in the Outback Bowl - against Kentucky.

Obviously, that's a big difference.

The Fiesta Bowl is played at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Outback Bowl is played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Penn State fans would likely travel well to either location.

Penn State will need to finish in the top 12 of the College Football Playoff rankings to have a good shot at playing in a New Year's Six game, so a win against Maryland is a must.

The Nittany Lions and Terrapins will kick off at 3:30 PM on Saturday on ABC.