The final College Footall Playoff rankings are out! Penn State finished No. 10, and, as a result, will play in a New Year’s Six bowl for the fifth time under James Franklin. The Lions will face #10 Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl, pitting Penn State against an SEC opponent for the first time since the Nittany Lions 41-12 in Auburn early in the ‘22 season.
With a win, the Nittany Lions would finish the season with 11 wins for the fifth time in program history, alongside the ‘16, ‘17, ‘19, and ‘22 squads. A win would mark five seasons with 11 wins during James Franklin’s tenure. Including his first two seasons, that makes for half his tenure.
Ole Miss finished the regular season at 10-2 with a win in a soggy Egg Bowl against Mississippi State, 17-7. Their two losses came against Alabama and Georgia. They earned two wins against ranked opponents this season, beating LSU in a shootout 55-49 and taking down Tulane 37-20 in the nonconference slate.
This will be the first Peach Bowl appearance in program history for the Nittany Lions. This will also be the first meeting between Penn State and Ole Miss, as the two storied programs have yet to meet on the field.
The Peach Bowl will kick off Saturday, Dec. 30 at noon on ESPN.