Penn State misses college football playoffs but guaranteed a bowl

- UPDATE: They’re headed to the Rose Bowl.


The selection committee is just out with its rankings, and it put Alabama vs. Washington -- and Clemson vs. Ohio State -- in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Penn State was fifth, despite winning the Big Ten championship, beating Wisconsin late Saturday night.

The selection committee stayed with the same top four as it had going into championship weekend, leaving out Penn State even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten championship -- jumping three spots -- and beat Ohio State earlier in the season.

The Nittany Lions were followed by Michigan, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

According to the team, the Nittany Lions won their first Big Ten Championship Game and captured their fourth conference title since joining the Big Ten in 1993 (1994, 2005, 2008, 2016).
With the Peach and Fiesta bowls gone, at 2:30pm, we should learn the participants in the remaining six CFP bowls: the Cotton, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls  the New Year's Six bowls. They’ll be played New Year’s Day.
And the Nittany Lions say if they’re not selected for the CFP semifinals, as the Big Ten Champions, Penn State will play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2 in Pasadena, California.
Bowl ticket information will be announced as soon as Penn State's bowl and opponent are. Nittany Lion Club Members online pre-sale should begin right away.

Alabama heads into the postseason with a chance to become the third wire-to-wire champion in the history of The Associated Press college football poll.

Ohio State is No. 2, Clemson is No. 3 and Washington is No. 4.

The unbeaten Crimson Tide is in the playoff for the third straight season and is the top seed for the second time. They will play the fourth-ranked Huskies in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 31.

No. 2 Ohio State is making its second playoff appearance and No. 3 Clemson is in for the second consecutive season. The Buckeyes and Tigers will meet at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, on Dec. 31.
   With so few teams playing on championship weekend, there was not much movement in the rankings.
   -- Penn State jumped three spots by winning the Big Ten title game.
   -- No. 7 Oklahoma moved up two after beating Oklahoma State to win the Big 12.
   -- No. 18 Virginia Tech lost 42-35 to Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game and moved up one spot.
   -- No. 20 Florida dropped five spots after getting blown out by Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game.
   -- No. 23 Temple beat Navy for the American Athletic Conference championship and moved into the rankings for the first time this season.
   -- Navy dropped out.
   Big Ten -- 6
   ACC -- 5
   Pac-12 -- 4
   SEC -- 4
   Big 12 -- 3
   American -- 2
   MAC -- 1


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