There were lots of questions from interested readers this week about the possibility of Pitt and Penn State playing in a bowl game. And the answer is most likely no.
The only way Pitt and Penn State can meet in a bowl game is if both qualify for the BCS because the Big East and Big Ten do not share any bowl affiliations. But even if both qualify for the BCS it’s highly unlikely.
If Penn State is wins the Big Ten championship, the Lions will go to the Rose Bowl to play the Pac-10 champion, most likely USC. The only way the opponent wouldn’t be USC is if the Trojans are one of two teams to play for the national title in the Orange Bowl. At this late stage, the Trojans would have to jump four other teams to vault to one of the top two spots.
Even if USC did make the national title game, the Rose Bowl would have to select Pitt to play in the game, and it’s not likely that the organizers for the game would want to two east coast teams in the game. Their goal is to sell tickets and Pitt does not traditionally travel well for bowl games.
I’d put the chances at 1 percent, which is better than the likelihood of these two teams playing while JoePa is still around.
Here is the PG ballot for this week:
2. Texas Tech
7. Penn State
8. Ohio State
9. Oklahoma State
10. Boise State
14. Ball State
18. Michigan State
19. North Carolina
23. South Carolina
24. Florida State
25. Central Michigan