Penn State will be coming to Dallas and the TicketCity Bowl with a chip on its shoulder.
The Nittany Lions have had a tumultuous season, to say the least, with the firing of legendary coach Joe Paterno just one of the facets of an ongoing child sex abuse scandal involving a former Penn State assistant coach.
In a perfect world, the scandal would be separate from football and the current players who had nothing to do with it.
In the real world, the scandal apparently cost Penn State a chance to go to a bowl higher on the Big Ten pecking order.
Penn State, No. 22 in the final BCS rankings, finished went 6-2 in the Big Ten and tied Wisconsin for the top spot in the Leaders Division.
The Nittany Lions finished 9-3 overall, yet 7-5 Iowa, 6-6 Ohio State and 6-6 Northwestern were selected by bowls higher in the Big Ten's selection order. Penn State defeated all three this season.
Some of Penn State's players vented their frustration on Twitter upon learning of their bowl destination....