Penn State beat then-No. 2 Ohio State. The Nittany Lions also won the Big Ten Championship Game.
But a 49-10 loss to Michigan and a worse overall record (11-2 to 12-1) kept the Nittany Lions out of the College Football Playoff in favor of Washington.
The Huskies took the No. 4 ranking and got rocked by Alabama, 24-7, Saturday night in a CFP semifinal. The Nittany Lions ranked No. 5 and gets to face surging USC in the Rose Bowl on Monday.
But as Alabama finished off its dominant win against overmatched Washington, the Twitter debate continued.
What would have happened if Penn State got the No. 4 spot? Or is Alabama do dominant that the Nittany Lions should be thrilled with a trip to California?
Washington led Alabama 7-0 but didn’t do much the rest of the game. The Huskies passed for 150 yards and a TD but also had two interceptions. On the ground, Washington rushed for 44 yards on 29 attempts (1.5 yards per carry).
The Penn State-Washington debate:
Would Penn State have given Alabama a better game than Washington did?
— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) December 31, 2016
The true winner of the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl was Penn State, for finishing 5th and getting to play in the Rose Bowl instead of playing Bama
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) December 31, 2016
Congratulations to Penn State for avoiding this game and going to California instead
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) December 31, 2016
No team that loss to Pitt and Penn State. Will beat Bama! Waste your breath debating Lmao, by the way we just saw the worst Bama game of 16
— The Lion King (@CJIII) December 31, 2016
— Mike Reynold (@MikeReynold) December 31, 2016
Could Penn State have scored more than seven points against Alabama?
— Jeff Rice (@Jeff_Rice_) December 31, 2016
Washington didn't belong, Michigan would he got handled, Penn State would have got crushed. The 4th place spot was a toss up this year
— Rob (@_RobSays) December 31, 2016
Legit saw someone say Penn State would've put a better showing together than Washington. You're kidding right?
— Damo/詹达明 (@UK_Pat37) December 31, 2016