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Bowl Projections: Preseason Edition

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Where do some experts have PSU playing in the postseason? We're here to let you know!

vegasinsider.com

It’s time to take a SUPER SUPER EARLY look at the bowl projections for Penn State going into the 2016 season.

ESPN (Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy)

Bowl: Foster Farms Bowl (Schlabach)

Location: Santa Clara, CA

Date: Dec. 28, 2016

Opponent: Washington State

Bowl: Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (McMurphy)

Location: Nashville, TN

Date: Dec. 30, 2016

Opponent: Ole Miss

College Football News (Pete Fiutak)

Bowl: Music City Bowl

Location: Nashville, TN

Date: Dec. 30, 2016

Opponent: Ole Miss

CBS Sports (Jerry Palm)

Bowl: Holiday Bowl

Location: San Diego, CA

Date: Dec. 27, 2016

Opponent: Oregon

Athlon Sports (Steven Lassan)

Bowl: Holiday Bowl

Location: San Diego, CA

Date: Dec. 27, 2016

Opponent: UCLA

SB Nation (Jason Kirk)

Bowl: Citrus

Location: Orlando, FL

Date: Dec. 31, 2016

Opponent: Ole Miss

Picks for the most part are split between Ole Miss in the Music City or Citrus Bowls, and the Holiday Bowl against Pac-12 contenders UCLA and Oregon. The Rebels return starting QB Chad Kelly, but have to replace All-World wideout Laquon Treadwell, offensive lineman and victim of Twitter hacking Laremy Tunsil, and defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.

The Ducks, meanwhile, lost two defensive players to the draft, DeForrest Buckner and Joe Walker, as well as their one-year starter at QB, Vernon Adams. Expectations for UCLA this season may largely depend on their non-conference opener at Texas A&M, as well as their rivalry game with USC. The Bruins have sophomore Josh Rosen at QB, who threw for over 3600 yards and 23 touchdowns in his first year.

Oh, and the Foster Farms Bowl is played in Santa Clara, where they would meet the Cougs. Washington State is coached by the guy who never ceases to entertain me, Mike Leach.

Nashville, Florida or California...

Record in Music City Bowl: Never played in

Record in Foster Farms Bowl (Formerly the San Francisco Bowl, the Emerald Bowl, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and the Fight Hunger Bowl): Never played in

Record in Holiday Bowl: 1-0 (50-39 over BYU and eventual Heisman winner Ty Detmer, who passed for 576 yards)

Record in Tangerine/Florida Citrus/Capital One Bowl/BWW Citrus Bowl: 2-2 (Losses against Clemson in 1988, Fred Taylor-led Florida in 1997*, and Auburn in 2002 and wins against Tennessee in 1993 and LSU in 2010)

*Otherwise known as the Curtis Enis suit game.