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Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia find out bowl destinations

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All three local Division 1 college football teams learned of their bowl destinations on Sunday. Pitt will face Navy in the Military Bowl, Penn State meets Georgia in the Tax Slayer Bowl and WVU plays Arizona State in the Cactus Bowl.

Pitt received an invititation from the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman and will play Navy of the American Athletic Conference in Annapolis, Md. The ESPN nationally televised game, which benefits the USO, will be played in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Monday, Dec. 28, and kick off at 2:30 p.m.

Under first-year coach Pat Narduzzi, the Panthers have compiled an 8-4 record, their winningest regular season in six years. Pitt went 6-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, finishing as the runner-up in the Coastal Division.

Navy is 9-2 and ranked as high as No. 21 nationally. The Midshipmen conclude their regular season this Saturday against Army. 

Penn State returns to a Florida bowl for the first time since the 2010 season when the Nittany Lions take on SEC foe Georgia in the 71st annual TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday, January 2 at noon. The game will air on ESPN. The Nittany Lions last played in a Florida bowl in the 2011 Outback Bowl.

The Nittany Lions finished the season 7-5 after losing their final three games. Georgia is riding a four-game winning streak and finished the season 9-3.

West Virginia (7-5, 4-5 B12) will take on Todd Graham and the Arizona State Sun Devils (6-6, 4-5 P12) in the Cactus Bowl. The Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, January 2. Kick off is at at 10:15 p.m. EST on ESPN.

College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff will feature conference champions Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma.

ACC champion Clemson, the only remaining unbeaten team in the FBS, earned the top seed after beating North Carolina on Saturday night. The Tigers will face No. 4 Oklahoma, the Big 12 champions, in the Orange Bowl.

Alabama, which won its second consecutive SEC championship Saturday against Florida, finished No. 2 and will face No. 3 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.
 
The semifinal games will be played on Dec. 31. The national title game is Jan. 11.

Remaining New Years Six Bowl Games
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs Iowa
Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs Ohio State
Sugar Bowl: Ole Miss vs Oklahoma State
Peach Bowl: Houston vs Florida State

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