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Bowl Projections 2018: Preseason

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As the 2018 season gets underway, let’s take a look at where Penn State is projected to go bowling.

Las Vegas Bowl - Boise State v Oregon Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

SB Nation (“Boring” pick/”Fun” pick):

Bowl: Fiesta Bowl/Outback Bowl

Location: Glendale, AZ/Tampa, FL

Date: Jan. 1, 2019

Opponent: Boise State Broncos/LSU Tigers

247 Sports:

Bowl: Citrus Bowl

Location: Orlando, FL

Date: Jan. 1, 2019

Opponent: South Carolina Gamecocks

CBS Sports:

Bowl: Peach Bowl

Location: Atlanta, GA

Date: Dec. 29, 2018

Opponent: Miami Hurricanes

Sporting News:

Bowl: Citrus Bowl

Location: Orlando, FL

Date: Jan. 1, 2019

Opponent: Auburn Tigers

ESPN:

Bowl: Holiday Bowl

Location: San Diego, CA

Date: Dec. 31, 2018

Opponent: Arizona Wildcats

Record in Citrus Bowl: 2-3 (Wins against LSU and Tennessee)

Record in Fiesta Bowl: 6-0 (Wins against Washington, Texas, Tennessee, Miami, USC, and Ohio State)

Record in Outback Bowl: 3-1 (Wins against Auburn, Kentucky, and Tennessee)

Record in Peach Bowl: Never played

Record in Holiday Bowl: 1-0 (Win against BYU)

Not surprisingly, there is a perception from these outlets that Penn State will take a step back in 2018 due to the loss of players like Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki, DaeSean Hamilton, Jason Cabinda, and Marcus Allen, just to name a few. (Meanwhile, several ESPN broadcasters, including Kirk Herbstreit, picked the Nittany Lions to go to the College Football Playoff.) I’m not going to fault anyone for their selections yet, although I’m #TeamNoFun when it comes to Jason Kirk’s projections for SB Nation. I would personally be nervous for Penn State facing Boise State at the site of their miracle win against Oklahoma, and would prefer a trip to Atlanta to face Miami. In just a few days, it’ll be time for the speculation to become more realistic when Happy Valley plays host to App State.