Get the take machine fired up, folks — it’s College Football Playoff poll season. After suffering their first loss of the season on the road against Ohio State Saturday, the Nittany Lions came in at No. 7 in the first Playoff poll of the year.
On Sunday, Penn State landed at No. 7 in the latest AP Poll, which is all but worthless at this point of the season.
While this ranking has implications, it’s important to remember how much can happen in one weekend. For instance, there would be no Penn State Big Ten Championship berth if Iowa didn’t shock Michigan in Iowa City. This ranking is merely an indicator of the current standings — but as James Franklin alluded to, anything can happen in this crazy game.
The Nittany Lions travel to East Lansing for a date with in-conference foe Michigan State, but could surely use some help from the Hawkeyes, who host Ohio State at the always intimidating Kinnick Stadium. The Nittany Lions need the Buckeyes to drop two games — plus win their own remaining slate of games — for a trip to Indianapolis to remain in the picture.
Get ready to do plenty of scoreboard watching as Penn State clashes with Michigan State.