Penn State football hasn’t been knocked out of the top ten for the College Football Playoff rankings this week.
The last few weeks have not been all that great for Penn State football. For starters, their undefeated season came to an end a couple of weeks back, as they took a loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. While the Gophers were a strong opponent, they ended up losing the following weekend to Iowa — a team that Penn State already defeated.
For that, Penn State ranked ahead of Minnesota once again after falling behind them for a week. The Nittany Lions were able to bounce back after their loss to Minnesota, but the tight victory over Indiana wasn’t ideal. A win is a win, but that victory was too close for comfort, considering the Hoosiers are clearly inferior to the Lions.
Then came Ohio State week, this past Saturday. While Penn State did have a loss on their record, they weren’t considered to be knocked out of the playoff conversation. A win over the powerhouse they call the Buckeyes most likely would’ve put PSU right back in the top four as Ohio State still had yet to take a loss this season.
Penn State kept it close, but they weren’t able to take down the Big Ten leaders. When the fourth quarter concluded, Penn State was issued their second loss of the season, with the final score being 28-14. Having another loss on the record knocked Penn State out of the top ten on the AP poll. However, the CFB committee wasn’t willing to do that just yet.
On Tuesday night, the latest standings were released, and the Nittany Lions remain relevant within the top ten. Considering they gave the No. 1 team in the nation a solid fight, the CFB committee ranked Penn State at No. 10. That ranks as the third-best in the conference, behind the Buckeyes and the Golden Gophers.