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Penn State Bowl Projections 2021: Week 4

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The Playoff awaits?

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 28 CFP Semifinal at the Fiesta Bowl - Clemson v Ohio State Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome back to our weekly series tracking some of the bowl picks for Penn State football following each game, This season, we will follow 247 Sports, ESPN, and CBS Sports, with occasional bonus picks from other publications.

247 Sports:

Bowl: Rose

Location: Pasadena, CA

Date: Jan. 1, 2022

Opponent: UCLA Bruins

ESPN: Bonagura/Schlabach

Bowl: Orange (College Football Playoff)/Rose

Location: Miami Gardens, FL/Pasadena, CA

Date: Dec. 31, 2021/Jan. 1, 2022

Opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide/UCLA Bruins

CBS Sports:

Bowl: Outback

Location: Tampa, FL

Date: Jan. 1, 2022

Opponent: Florida Gators

Action Network (Brett McMurphy)

Bowl: Cotton (College Football Playoff)

Location: Arlington, TX

Date: Dec. 31, 2021

Opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide

ESPN’s Bonagura (the writer I always prefer of the two) and McMurphy both put the Nittany Lions into the College Football Playoff against Alabama. McMurphy slots in Penn State as the No. 4 seed, while Bonagura has them third. It’s way too early for me to get excited about the Playoff, but it’s interesting to see nonetheless. The other popular pick is the Rose Bowl, which I am always in favor of, and then CBS Sports is just bad.