What world are we living in?
Following No. 2 Clemson’s loss to Syracuse on Friday night, the Nittany Lions moved up one spot in this week’s AP Poll to claim the Tigers’ former position.
No. 2 is the program’s highest ranking since 1999, when Lavar Arrington and Co. had the spot for 10 weeks after getting off to a 9-0 start.
Penn State held off Georgia, who defeated Missouri 53-28 and some believed might pass James Franklin’s squad in the rankings as it was on a bye week.
During a weekend of chaos where four top 10 teams fell, No. 1 Alabama stayed undefeated and kept its spot ahead of the Nittany Lions after thrashing Arkansas 41-9.
Penn State claimed the No. 2 spot in the Coaches Poll as well, which is the first time since 2008 that it’s reached that mark.
The Nittany Lions have a tough road ahead to keep their ranking. They will face off with three consecutive ranked opponents — at home against No. 19 Michigan next weekend, then on the road against No. 6 Ohio State and No. 18 Michigan State in the following two weeks.