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BallHype: hype it up! Friday, November 30, 2007
"Nittany Nation, pack your backs, lock up the children, and get your tickets cause we're headed west to San Antonio!"

Its official, the Alamo Bowl has offered its invitation to Penn State marking the second time ever the Nittany Lions will be headed to the Alamodome for a showdown against a Big 12 opponent (either Texas Tech or Texas A&M). The last time Penn State went to the Alamo Bowl, it was against Texas A&M shutting them out 24-0 in front of the second largest crowd (65,380) in the bowl's history. Theres no wonder why they didn't hesitate to invite the Lions back.

So tickets sales will begin Saturday, December 9th at 9:00 am with 7 possible ticket prices available:

Club level $87.00 *1

Lower level - Big Ten (best available) $67.00 *1

Lower level - Big 12 (best available) $67.00 *1

Upper level sideline-Big Ten (rows 1-20) $52.00 *1

Upper level sideline-Big 12 (rows 1-20) $52.00 *1

Upper level endzone (rows 1-20) $52.00 *1

Upper level endzone (rows 21-28) $32.00 *1

Just hours before the announcement I was going through possible scenarios on how we would make a January 1st bid. Seeing as how thats out of the question now, something more interesting resulted. The Big Ten has multiple bowl tie-ins but there is no rule that requires the selection of teams in order of their standings in the Big Ten. After the BCS and the national championship game has selected its share of Big Ten teams, the bowls then get to pick whoever they want in the following order:
  • #1 - Capital One Bowl - Illinois (Big Ten #2) or Michigan (Big Ten #3)
  • #2 - Outback Bowl - Wisconsin ( Big Ten #4)*
  • #3 - Alamo Bowl - Penn State (Big Ten #5)*
  • #4 - Champs Bowl - Illinois (Big Ten #2) or Michigan (Big Ten #3)
*Team already invited

Well this is why with the selection of Penn State, things have gotten interesting. With Ohio State locked in a BCS bowl, that leaves Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State as the prime candidates for the top 4 non-BCS bowls. In the event that Illinois does not make the BCS (they could still very will sneak into the Rose Bowl. 9 out of the 14 teams above the Illini play this weekend, they have to end up in the top 12 to qualify for a BCS at-large), that would mean with Wisconsin locked up in the Outback and Penn State now headed to the Alamo bowl, Illinois and Michigan would be vying for the Capital One Bowl or end up relegated behind 2 teams that are lower in the Big Ten standings than both of them.

Interesting how that works out. If the Capital One selects the Illini (the most likely scenario for a non-BCS Illini to pit a matchup against Ron Zook's former school Florida), then Michigan will drop all the way to the Champs Sports Bowl behind Penn State who they beat, and Wisconsin who has one more loss than the Wolverines. Talk about a snub.
posted by Nittany White Out @ 2:03 PM  
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