Monday morning, we mentioned the fact that SEC fans should be praying their teams don’t get paired up with scandal-plagued Penn State in a bowl game this holiday season. We also noted that it was doubtful any bowl game would want to invite controversy into its community and for that reason, the SEC — which has three higher-placed bowl tie-ins with the Big Ten — might get lucky on the PSU front.
There’s still a possibility the Nittany Lions might be forced upon the Gator Bowl which is one of the SEC’s bowl partners. According to Brett McMurphy of CBSSports.com, if Penn State wins the Leaders Division of the Big Ten — man, that’s a stupid name — they’ll go to the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game and will as a result be guaranteed of dropping no further than the Gator Bowl.
Penn State lost to Nebraska on Saturday and it’s quite possible that the two-loss team will struggle from here on out, buried under the weight of scandal and a mid-season coaching change.
The Nittany Lions are currently leading their division by one game over Wisconsin with the Badgers and Ohio State still remaining on their schedule. So SEC fans might want to root for OSU and ‘Sconi when they host Penn State the next two Saturdays… or else some league school could get stuck in this year’s Controversy Bowl.