Bowl season: Penn State, UVA get New Year's Six, the Hokies bowl shuffle and Navy's tough draw

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Bowl season: Penn State, UVA get New Year's Six, the Hokies bowl shuffle and Navy's tough draw

The regular season is over, the conference championships decided and the playoff bracket is set. Yes, it's bowl season. Bowl bids were handed out on Sunday and Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Navy all found out their postseason fates.

Here's where each team is headed this bowl season:

Penn State vs. Memphis, Cotton Bowl Classic on Saturday, Dec. 28

Ohio State is headed to the College Football Playoff and the Big Ten's Rose Bowl bid is going to Wisconsin. Penn State, however, managed to squeak into the New Year's Six as the No. 10 team in the nation. They will take on Group of 5 representative Memphis who won the AAC.

Virginia vs. Florida, Orange Bowl on Monday, Dec. 30

The Cavaliers are headed to the Orange Bowl for the first time in school history. More on this game here.

Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky, Belk Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31

The Belk Bowl always seemed like the likely destination for Virginia Tech, but their opponent was a bit of a mystery. If you were following along on Twitter before things were made official, the Hokies were supposed to play Mississippi State, then it was Tennessee, then Kentucky, then Tennesse again and then back to Kentucky.

Now it's official and we know for sure it will be Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky.

The issue was reportedly Tennessee changing its bowl preference at the last minute.

Navy vs. Kansas State, Liberty Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 31

Kansas State is the only team in the nation with a win over a College Football Playoff team. They defeated Oklahoma 48-41 in October.

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo had the quote of the day about his team's matchup.


Week 14: The streak is finally over

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Week 14: The streak is finally over

Virginia defeated in-state rival Virginia Tech for the first time since 2003 to win the ACC Coastal, Navy earned second place in their division, Penn State cruised to a sleepy victory and Maryland's season was brought to a merciful close.

Here's a recap of Week 14's local college football action.

Virginia 39, Virginia Tech 30

The good

Whether you are a Cavaliers or Hokies fan, this was a great game. Both offenses were able to move the ball well, and both defenses came up with big plays. There were three lead changes and three ties over the course of the game. Bronco Mendenhall said it best afterward when he declared the game "back and forth all the way to the very end as an in-state rivalry division championship game should be."

The bad

The difference in this game was the turnovers as Virginia won the turnover margin 4-1. One of those turnovers was an interception on a jump ball thrown by Hokies quarterback Hendon Hooker at the end of the first half, but the two second half turnovers were crucial. Hooker threw an interception on a third-and-19 in the fourth quarter from Virginia Tech's 47. The Hokies probably would not have converted, but a punt would have pinned Virginia deep. Instead, the Cavaliers got the ball at their 35 and drove for the game-winning field goal. On the next drive, Hooker fumbled the ball in the end zone off a third consecutive sack that was recovered by the Cavaliers for the touchdown.

The crazy

Bryce Perkins is Virginia's biggest playmaker. He threw for 311 yards, rushed for 164 and scored three total touchdowns. You would never know he was in the hospital overnight on Monday because of a severe case of tonsillitis.

You can read the full story here.

Penn State 27, Rutgers 6

The good

Will Levis played in place of injured quarterback Sean Clifford. While the passing attack wasn't much to look at (8 of 14 completions, 81 yards) Levis did most of his damage on the ground with 108 yards on 17 carries. Journey Brown added another 103 yards on 16 carries with three rushing touchdowns.

The bad

Penn State was outgained 383-333 by easily the worst team in the Big Ten and one of the worst in the nation. This was a close game with a 13-6 score at the end of three quarters. 

The crazy

Could this game cost Penn State? No, the Nittany Lions are not in the running for the College Football Playoff and the Big Ten East division was already wrapped up by Ohio State. But if the Buckeyes make the playoff -- and they will if they beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship -- the Big Ten's representative for the Rose Bowl is still up for grabs and will go to the highest-ranked team remaining. Will a lackluster game against a horrible Rutgers team end up dinging Nittany Lions in the rankings?

Wisconsin will likely move ahead of Penn State after blowing out Minnesota this week, but if the Badgers lose to Ohio State they will have three losses on the season. Penn State should have the edge in the Rose Bowl race, but it depends on how far Wisconsin rises this week and where Penn State falls, if at all. You'd hate to think the Nittany Lions just slept-walked their way out of the Rose Bowl.

Michigan State 19, Maryland 16

The good

Anthony McFarland had only eight carries, but he made the most of them with 134 yards including one 63-yard touchdown scamper.

The bad

Offense has been a struggle for Michigan State this season, but it wasn't on Saturday. Quarterback Brian Lewerke threw for a season-high 342 yards against the Terps. The Spartans' 430 total yards is the third-most they have managed against a Big Ten team this season.

The crazy

When Maryland started the season 2-0, not many would have thought that win over Syracuse in Week 2 was going to be the highlight of the season. The Terps would only win one of their final nine games.

The offense was clicking to start with 142 points in the first two wins. They would score only 161 points total in the next 10 games.

Navy 56, Houston 41

The good

Typically, the offense has been led by Malcolm Perry. He had another good game with 253 total yards, and he set a school record with his ninth 100-yard rushing game and tied another school record with his eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. The real story, however, was Jamale Carothers, who rushed for a career-high 188 yards and five (!!!) touchdowns.

Navy also got a big game from its defense who, despite giving up 41 points, forced five turnovers. The Midshipmen would turn those five turnovers into 21 points.

The bad

Despite the win, Navy's Cotton Bowl hopes were already dashed coming in. Memphis' win on Saturday locked up the AAC West Division for the Tigers. Instead of preparing to play Cincinnati next week in the conference championship, Navy will now look ahead to its final game of the season against Army.

The crazy

Perry threw for 107 yards. Guess how many passes he completed to get there? Two. Keoni-Kordell Makekau caught one pass for 60 yards and Carothers caught the second for 47.


College Football Week 14 What to Watch: Rivalry week

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College Football Week 14 What to Watch: Rivalry week

Virginia Tech and Virginia meet in Charlottesville for a winner-take-all rivalry matchup to decide the ACC Coastal Division. Plus, Penn State wraps up its regular season against Rutgers, Maryland's season comes to a merciful end and Navy looks to win the AAC West.

Here is a breakdown of all the local action.

Virginia vs. No. 24 Virginia Tech

When: 12 p.m. Friday
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
How to watch: ABC

Virginia has not beaten the Hokies since 2003. This year, the teams meet to battle for the Commonwealth Cup with the ACC Coastal Division crown and a probable trip to the Orange Bowl on the line.

No. 10 Penn State vs. Rutgers

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
How to watch: BTN

From playing the biggest game of the week in college football to wrapping up the regular season against Rutgers. Talk about a let down.

Maryland at Michigan State

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, Mich.
How to watch: FS1

A season that began with such promise has turned into a disaster for the Terps. It all mercifully will come to a close on Saturday against Michigan State.

Navy at Houston

When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
How to watch: ESPN2

The AAC Division is still up for grabs. Navy needs to beat Houston and for Memphis to lose to Cincinnati.

Game of the week: No. 15 Auburn vs. No. 5 Alabama

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala.
How to watch: CBS

On NBC Sports Washington

Syracuse vs. Wake Forest

When: 12:30 p.m., Saturday
Where: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Other local teams

Old Dominion vs. Charlotte, 2 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+