Those are the questions the College Football Playoff selection committee will have to answer over the next several hours before the four teams that will compete in the third edition of the playoff are announced at 12 p.m. ET Sunday (ESPN and ESPN App).
The Nittany Lions at least made a case to be included in the four-team field by rallying from a 21-point deficit in the first half to defeat No. 6 Wisconsin 38-31 in Saturday night's Big Ten championship game. It was the largest comeback in Big Ten title game history.
In the end, it might not be enough for the Nittany Lions to jump into the top four, but it was a heck of an effort.
The Nittany Lions were among six teams eliminated by the Eliminator after Week 14, leaving only four teams for the four-team field. After 14 weeks, 124 of the 128 FBS teams have been eliminated from consideration.
Here's where the FBS stands after Week 14:
Defending national champion Alabama remains the No. 1 seed after blasting No. 15 Florida 54-16 in the SEC championship game on Saturday for its 25th consecutive victory. Third-ranked Clemson also won its conference title, defeating No. 23 Virginia Tech 42-35 in the ACC championship game. Fourth-ranked Washington rolled past No. 8 Colorado 41-10 in Friday's Pac-12 championship game. The only drama is whether Penn State will make the field, and we can't see the Nittany Lions jumping three spots to make it. Second-ranked Ohio State will probably remain in the playoff field, even though it didn't play this weekend and Penn State won the Big Ten.
It's OK to admit it, Alabama: We know you're getting a little bored.
After beating Virginia Tech in the ACC championship game on Saturday, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said, "You've got to win your conference first." Well, not everyone, apparently.
The Buckeyes should be really thankful that it doesn't say "Baylor" or "TCU" on the front of their jerseys.
The Huskies aren't getting nearly enough credit for beating the fourth-best team in the Sun Belt Conference, Idaho, which is playing its last season in the FBS.
Better luck next season
You're not going to make the playoff, Buffaloes, but at least you can tell people this summer that you actually won your division.
I really hope the Wolverines weren't watching games this weekend.
Sooners coach Bob Stoops has won 10 conference championships in the past 18 seasons -- or three more than Nick Saban during that span.
I think it's going to take a mullet and a mustache for Cowboys coach Mike Gundy to beat the Sooners again.
Yeah, Penn State's consolation prize might be the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual. Just don't tell the Nittany Lions they're going to have to play USC in nearby Pasadena, California.
Look on the bright side, Badgers: It was so much better than the last time you played in the Big Ten championship game.
Eliminated in Week 13: Western Michigan Broncos
Eliminated in Week 5: Arizona Wildcats, Cincinnati Bearcats, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Bulldogs, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Iowa Hawkeyes, Kansas State Wildcats, Memphis Tigers, Michigan State Spartans, Navy Midshipmen, Oregon Ducks, San Diego State Aztecs, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Longhorns, Toledo Rockets
Eliminated in Week 4: Army Black Knights, Central Michigan Chippewas, East Carolina Pirates, Georgia Southern Eagles, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oregon State Beavers, Penn State Nittany Lions, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, South Carolina Gamecocks, South Florida Bulls, USC Trojans
Eliminated in Week 3: Boston College Eagles, Duke Blue Devils, Illinois Fighting Illini, Marshall Thundering Herd, Missouri Tigers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, Syracuse Orange, Texas State Bobcats, Vanderbilt Commodores
Eliminated in Week 2: Akron Zips, Ball State Cardinals, BYU Cougars, California Bears, Connecticut Huskies, Eastern Michigan Eagles, Florida Atlantic Owls, Idaho Vandals, Kansas Jayhawks, Louisiana Monroe Warhawks, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Nevada Wolf Pack, New Mexico Lobos, NC State Wolfpack, Old Dominion Monarchs, Purdue Boilermakers, SMU Mustangs, South Alabama Jaguars, Texas San Antonio Roadrunners, Troy Trojans, Tulsa Golden Hurricane, UCF Knights, UNLV Rebels, Utah State Aggies, UTEP Miners, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Wyoming Cowboys
Eliminated in Week 1: Appalachian State Mountaineers, Arkansas State Red Wolves, Bowling Green Falcons, Buffalo Bulls, Charlotte 49ers, Colorado State Rams, Florida International Golden Panthers, Fresno State Bulldogs, Georgia State Panthers, Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, Iowa State Cyclones, Kent State Golden Flashes, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisiana Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, Massachusetts Minutemen, Miami (Ohio) RedHawks, Mississippi State Bulldogs, New Mexico State Aggies, North Texas Mean Green, Northern Illinois Huskies, Northwestern Wildcats, Ohio Bobcats, Rice Owls, San Jose State Spartans, Temple Owls, Tulane Green Wave, Virginia Cavaliers, Washington State Cougars