Even before Wednesday, all signs pointed to 7-5 Penn State landing a spot in the Jan. 2 TaxSlayer Bowl.
The Nittany Lions are a clear-cut seventh in the Big Ten standings. Three teams (12-0 Iowa, 11-1 Michigan State and 11-1 Ohio State) are poised to advance to the NCAA playoffs or the Selection Committee New Year's bowls. That leaves Michigan (9-3) and Northwestern (10-2) in the Citrus and Outback Bowls (most like in that order).
Wisconsin (9-3), a frequent visitor to Florida in recent years, is a no-brainer for the Holiday Bowl in San Diego.
That brings us to the TaxSlayer (formerly Gator) Bowl, which can choose between a Big Ten and ACC team to face an SEC opponent, with the Music City Bowl (Nashville) choosing from the conference the TaxSlayer does NOT select. When Florida State beat Florida over the weekend to practically guarantee itself a place in the Selection Committee games, none of the ACC teams left in the mix (including Miami) packed the bowl punch PSU does.
Then Wedneday, the TaxSlayer Bowl posted this on Twitter:
Of course, we won't know for sure until the bowl matchups are officially revealed Sunday. But that tweet — asking which SEC team fans would want to see face Penn State — sure seems to indicate the Lions will be in Jacksonville for the holiday.