Penn State will meet LSU in the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl that features the top non-BCS team from the Big Ten and Southeastern conferences.

The No. 11 Nittany Lions and 13th-ranked Tigers both began the season with dreams of landing in a BCS bowl. Penn State even took faint hopes of jumping Iowa for an at-large bid to a BCS bowl into this weekend before the announcement was made Sunday night.

Consider this a consolation.

Joe Paterno will lead his Nittany Lions (10-2) against an LSU (9-3) team full of speed and quickness, the type of SEC matchup that Big Ten teams have struggled with in recent years. The 82-year-old coach with the most wins in major college football history (393) has a 23-11-1 record in bowl games that will surely be tested.

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