College Football Rankings, Week 12: No Big East Teams In BCS Poll, Penn State Falls To No. 21

No Big East teams are included in the Week 12 BCS Rankings after Cincinnati drops from last week's poll. Penn State fell to No. 21.

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2011 Bowl Projections: Penn State BCS Bowl Trip Unlikely After Nebraska Loss

The Penn State Nittany Lions' loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday did more than emotionally deflate a program in the midst of a scandal: it may have ended their chances at reaching a BCS bowl in 2011. Samuel Chi, SB Nation's bowl projection expert, wrote last week the Nittany Lions could earn a trip to the Rose Bowl, but his outlook has changed following the loss to Nebraska. Instead, in his latest 2011 bowl projections post, he picks the Wisconsin Badgers to represent the Big Ten in Pasadena:

The Badgers are back in control of their own destiny now, and they should have no trouble handling a shaken Penn State at home to win the Leaders Division, and then going on to exact revenge on Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.

Currently, Penn State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) holds a narrow edge over Wisconsin (8-2, 4-2) in the Leaders Division, but that could end Nov. 26 at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin is undefeated on its home turf this season, winning its games against Big Ten foes there by an average final score of 53-14.

Prior to facing Wisconsin, Penn State visits the Ohio State Buckeyes (6-4, 3-3) this Saturday, Nov. 19.

For complete Penn State athletics coverage, please visit Black Shoe Diaries.

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2011 Bowl Projections: In Orange Bowl, West Virginia Projected To Face Clemson

The West Virginia Mountaineers (7-3, 3-2 Big East) upset the No. 23 Cincinnati Bearcats (7-2, 3-1 Big East), 24-21, last Saturday to pull to within a half-game of Cincinnati for the Big East lead. Given their favorable remaining schedule, with games against the Pittsburgh Panthers (5-5, 3-2) and South Florida Bulls (5-4, 1-4), it's very possible the Mountaineers will finish the season 9-3. Such a finish could have them making a trip to the Orange Bowl, according to SB Nation BCS expert Samuel Chi in his latest 2011 bowl projections post.

The Orange Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 4 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, is among the five BCS games to be played in 2012. Though Chi projects West Virginia will take part, he's not impressed with the Mountaineers, or with the Big East in general:

How a conference this horrible will continue to receive automatic BCS bids for three more seasons is - even given the BCS's penchant to confound - outright mind-boggling.

At present, Chi projects West Virginia to play the Clemson Tigers (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers stand at No. 7 in the nation, while West Virginia is no longer ranked, having fallen out of the Associated Press Top 25 on Nov. 6. It peaked at No. 11 on Oct. 16.

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College Football Rankings: BCS Poll, No Big East Teams In Poll, Penn State Falls To No. 21

No Big East teams are included in the Week 12 BCS Rankings after Cincinnati drops from last week's poll, Penn State ranked No. 21.

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