Post-Week 12 Bowl Projections: Can Penn State go to a New Year's Six Bowl?

Florida and Penn State are currently in very good shape to make a New Year’s Six bowl game.

The Gators and Nittany Lions occupy Nos. 11 and 12 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings ahead of No. 13 West Virginia. That’s significant for bowl purposes because the top 12 teams — assuming UCF stays in the top 12 — will go to the big six bowl games.

It’s not a sure thing that Florida and Penn State will stay in those positions, however. If West Virginia beats Oklahoma at home and then beats Texas in the Big 12 title game, the Mountaineers are locked into the Sugar Bowl and moving back into the top 12 and likely kicking out one of the two teams.

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LSU could throw a wrinkle into this too. If the Tigers lose to Texas A&M, LSU will have three losses and could drop below both Penn State and especially Florida, who beat the Tigers earlier in the year.

Florida plays Florida State on Saturday. A win will push the Gators to 9-3 on the season. A loss will make Florida State bowl eligible for the 37th-straight season. These projections have the Gators winning that game. Sorry Seminoles.

New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 15)
Florida Atlantic vs. Nevada

Cure Bowl (Dec. 15)
SMU vs. Arkansas State

Las Vegas Bowl (Dec. 15)
Utah State vs. Arizona State

Camellia Bowl (Dec. 15)
Northern Illinois vs. Georgia Southern

New Orleans Bowl (Dec. 15)
UAB vs. Troy

Boca Raton Bowl (Dec. 18)
Memphis vs. Florida International

Frisco Bowl (Dec. 19)
Houston vs. Army

Gasparilla Bowl (Dec. 20)
South Florida vs. Miami

Bahamas Bowl (Dec. 21)
Marshall vs. Toledo

Potato Bowl (Dec. 21)
Eastern Michigan vs. Fresno State

Birmingham Bowl (Dec. 22)
BYU vs. Middle Tennessee State

Armed Forces Bowl (Dec. 22)
Temple vs. TCU

Dollar General Bowl (Dec. 22)
Buffalo vs. App State

Hawaii Bowl (Dec. 22)
North Texas vs. Hawaii

First Responder Bowl (Dec. 26)
Louisiana Tech vs. Ohio

Quick Lane Bowl (Dec. 26)
Western Michigan vs. Duke

Cheez-It Bowl (Dec. 26)
Oregon vs. Texas Tech

Independence Bowl (Dec. 27)
Tulane vs. Louisiana-Monroe

Pinstripe Bowl (Dec. 27)
Pitt vs. Purdue

Texas Bowl (Dec. 27)
Iowa State vs. Texas A&M

Music City Bowl (Dec. 28)
Iowa vs. Missouri

Camping World Bowl (Dec. 28)
Syracuse vs. West Virginia

Arizona Bowl (Dec. 28)
San Diego State vs. Louisiana Lafayette

Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28)
Texas vs. Washington

Belk Bowl (Dec. 29)
Georgia Tech vs. South Carolina

RedBox Bowl (Dec. 31)
Cal vs. Boise State

Military Bowl (Dec. 31)
Cincinnati vs. Boston College

Liberty Bowl (Dec. 31)
Oklahoma State vs. Vanderbilt

Holiday Bowl (Dec. 31)
Michigan State vs. Stanford

Gator Bowl (Dec. 31)
NC State vs. Mississippi State

Sun Bowl (Dec. 31)
Virginia vs. Utah

Outback Bowl (Jan. 1)
Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)
Northwestern vs. Auburn

NEW YEAR’S SIX

Peach Bowl (Dec. 29)
UCF vs. Georgia

Orange Bowl (Dec. 29) [CFP semifinal]
Clemson vs. Notre Dame

Cotton Bowl (Dec. 29) [CFP semifinal]
Alabama vs. Michigan

Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1)
Florida vs. Penn State

Rose Bowl (Jan. 1)
Washington State vs. Ohio State

Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1)
Oklahoma vs. LSU

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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