No. 11 Penn State beats Rutgers for the 16th straight time

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against Rutgers during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Piscataway, N.J.

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State’s win against Rutgers on Saturday puts the Nittany Lions one victory away from securing a 10-win regular season. Penn State will have an opportunity to accomplish that this weekend during its regular-season finale against Michigan State.

The College Football Playoff committee on Tuesday ranked the Nittany Lions No. 11 for the second consecutive week, placing Penn State on the cusp of top 10.

Here are some Week 13 bowl projections for Penn State:

Sports Illustrated (Richard Johnson) Orange Bowl vs. Clemson, Miami Gardens, Florida, Dec. 30 (New Year’s Six): Penn State fans hopeful for a New Year’s Six bowl berth can take solace in Johnson’s projection of the Nittany Lions heading to South Florida.

Penn State hasn’t played in the Orange Bowl since 2006, when it earned a 26-23 win in triple overtime against Florida State. The Nittany Lions are 4-1 in Orange Bowl contests.

Clemson is 10-1 this season and has clinched a spot as the Atlantic representative in the upcoming ACC championship game. The Tigers are 1-0 all-time against Penn State, with their lone win (35-10) coming in the 1988 Citrus Bowl.

CBS Sports (Jerry Palm) Citrus Bowl vs. Mississippi, Orlando, Florida, Jan. 2: Palm last week also had a Penn State-Mississippi matchup in the Citrus Bowl. He projects Ohio State to win the Big Ten and represent the conference in the College Football Playoff.

That would, of course, mean he believes the Buckeyes will beat Michigan in this week’s contest in Columbus. A loss by the Wolverines would most likely send them to the Rose Bowl.

Mississippi entered Thursday’s matchup against Mississippi State at 8-3 with losses to Alabama, Louisiana State and Arkansas. A meeting between Penn State and Ole Miss would mark the first between the two programs.

Yahoo! Sports Citrus Bowl vs. Louisiana State: Yahoo! Sports last week penciled in Penn State vs. Ole Miss in the Citrus Bowl. This week, the outlet moved Ole Miss down in the pecking order to the ReliaQuest Bowl, formerly known as the Outback Bowl.

Louisiana State is peaking with first-year coach Brian Kelly. The Tigers earned wins this year against Alabama and Mississippi.

Louisiana State will play Georgia in the SEC championship game on Dec. 3 and could be in line for a New Year’s Six bowl berth depending on the outcomes of conference championship weekend.

Penn State is 2-0 all-time in games against Louisiana State.

The Nittany Lions previously defeated the Tigers in the 2010 Captial One Bowl (19-17) and the 1974 Orange Bowl (16-9).

Sporting News (Bill Bender) Citrus Bowl vs. Mississippi: This week marks the second consecutive in which Bender has projected a matchup between the Nittany Lions and Mississippi in the Citrus Bowl.

Three weeks ago, Bender had Penn State headed West to the Rose Bowl. He now has Michigan and Oregon meeting in the Pasadena-based bowl.

Like others, he’s slid Tennessee into New Year’s Six consideration this week as he’s predicted the Volunteers will draw Tulane in the Cotton Bowl.

He’s also pegged Alabama and Clemson for the Orange Bowl, once a postseason possibility for the Nittany Lions.

Action Network (Brett McMurphy) Citrus Bowl vs. Mississippi: Last week, McMurphy had Penn State vs. Central Florida in the New Year’s Six Cotton bowl.

This week he’s swapped the Nittany Lions and the Golden Knights in for Tulane and Tennessee. McMurphy also has Alabama and Clemson penciled in for the Orange Bowl.

Elton Hayes is a veteran sports writer who covers Penn State for CNHI LLC publications. Contact him at ehayes@cnhi.com or follow him on Twitter @EHDC12.

Elton Hayes is a veteran sports writer who covers Penn State for CNHI LLC publications. Contact him at ehayes@cnhi.com or follow him on Twitter @EHDC12.

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