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Penn State's Bowl Chances...If They Had a Chance

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Ok, Ok, I know, Penn State isn’t going to a bowl game this year or the next four years for that matter due to the NCAA sanctions levied against the school for their part in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.  Even though Penn State will not be participating in a bowl game, it won’t stop me or the the Penn State “Nation” from debating what their record in 2012 will be or whether they would have made a bowl game or not.

Ordinarily for a team to be bowl eligible they need to finish with a minimum .500 winning percentage and at least 6 wins — 5 against other Football Bowl Subdivision teams.  A sixth win against a Football Championship Subdivision team will only count if the FCS school meets scholarship requirements.  The NCAA Board of Directors added new measures this past month for sub-.500 records.  Many in the media predict a rather bleak fall in Happy Valley; most predict either a 6-6 or 7-5 record for the Nittany Lions.  So, based on the proposed records, many believe that Penn State would barely qualify for a bowl game. The bowl games that Penn State may have qualified for include the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, the TicketCity Bowl, or the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl.  I suppose that any bowl game might seem like the Rose Bowl at this point!

I am not as gloom and doom like some may be.  On the other hand, I am not saying Penn State will go undefeated or even win the Leaders Division of the Big Ten (which they are not eligible to do due to Big Ten sanctions).  In fact, far from it.  I can see Penn State, however,  finishing their first campaign in the Bill O’Brien era with a record of 8-4.  Here are some reasons why. 

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