Bowl Projections: Which Bowl Game Is Penn State Headed to After Wisconsin Loss?

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent INovember 27, 2011

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 26: Matt McGloin #11 of the Penn State Nittany Lions throws a pass against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Penn State 45-7.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Penn State has been a school in transition over the second half of the season. Stuck in the midst of a sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the school fired legendary head coach Joe Paterno. 

The Nittany Lions were within one more victory of reaching the conference championship, but the formidable Wisconsin Badgers stood in the way on Saturday, and Penn State was throttled by the Badgers by a 45-7 score. 

A lot of students and staffers were still taken aback by the events of the past few weeks and were looking to get back to a sense of normalcy.

No one knew what awaited the Nittany Lions. The goal was to play on in the memory of their longtime coach and win the Big Ten championship to play in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers stood in the way of that dream.

Wisconsin was led by quarterback Russell Wilson, as he threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns that proved to be more than enough for the beleaguered Nittany Lions defense.

With the regular season now in the books, the question now is whether Penn State deserves to go to a bowl in the midst of the scandal and what bowl the Lions would be invited to with all their accomplishments.

One of the possible destinations for the Nittany Lions could very well be the Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl against Texas A&M, according to CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm. NBC's Joey Johnston thinks it will be the Gator Bowl, vs. Florida.

Only time will tell where the Nittany Lions end up, so stay tuned. In the meantime, leave your prediction—or thoughts on whether Penn State should even play in a bowl game—in the comments section below.

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