TCU is looking more and more like a playoff contender after a 43-0 thrashing of Kansas on Oct. 21. ESPN’s latest bowl projections will come as good news to Horned Frogs fans.
ESPN projected TCU to face Penn State in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day, 2018. The Rose Bowl is one of the two semifinal games in the College Football Playoff this season.
TCU and Penn State have both narrowly missed the playoff within the last three seasons. The common factor between the two schools — both were left out in favor of Ohio State.
If the projection holds, TCU would return to Pasadena for the first time since winning the “Grandaddy of them all” in January 2011. The Horned Frogs defeated Wisconsin 21-19 to secure arguably the greatest win in TCU football history.
Penn State, on the other hand, is coming off a Rose Bowl appearance in January 2017. The Nittany Lions fell to USC on a game-winning field goal as time expired.
A TCU-Penn State Rose Bowl would make for an incredible matchup of two teams that some argue have both been snubbed from the playoff since it began in 2014. Only one of them would have the chance to play for a national championship, but the game is an exciting thought for both Horned Frogs and Nittany Lions fans alike.
TCU and Penn State are both undefeated through Oct. 21. Both will face ranked opponents on Oct. 28 when the teams travel to Iowa State and Ohio State, respectively.
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