Penn State or Iowa likely headed to Fiesta Bowl

Okie State’s loss makes PSU a Fiesta playerPatriot-News
Dave Jones thinks that Oklahoma shutting out Oklahoma State yesterday has changed the BCS bowl picture enough that the Fiesta Bowl will likely grab the Big Ten at large team. That’s bad news if you were hoping for a trip to the Orange Bowl, but as Jones points out, Penn State and the Fiesta Bowl, held in Glendale, Arizona (suburban Phoenix), have a very good history together. That is bad news for Iowa, but I’m not crying any tears for them.

The Nittany Lions are 6-0 in the Fiesta Bowl and won their second national championship there on January 2, 1987 against Miami in the most watched college football game of all time. Even prior to that epic win, Penn State’s previous trips helped legitimize the Fiesta Bowl, a fact not likely lost on soon to retire Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker. Barring any major upsets in conference championships, Jones thinks Penn State will play Boise State (who won a spectacular game against Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl) in the Fiesta Bowl on Monday, January 4, 2010.

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