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Penn State Football Ranked No. 11 In First College Football Playoff Rankings

Penn State football was ranked No. 11 in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2023 season, ESPN announced Tuesday evening. The Nittany Lions, who hold an overall record of 7-1 and a Big Ten record of 4-1, are ranked as the third-best team from the conference, behind No. 1 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan.

The Nittany Lions moved up to No. 9 in the latest AP Poll after narrowly defeating Indiana 33-24 on Saturday. Penn State earned the benefit of a loss by Oklahoma to then-unranked Kansas, which dropped the Sooners from No. 6 to No. 10 in the AP Poll.

Penn State’s lone loss came to Ohio State in Columbus two weeks ago in a 20-12 defeat. If the Nittany Lions win out, a top-four finish could be within reach. Standing in their way is Michigan, which still has yet to play both the Nittany Lions and Ohio State.

Penn State next faces Maryland on the road at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 4. The game will be broadcast on FOX and the Nittany Lions opened as 11.5-point favorites.

The next rankings will be announced at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, on ESPN.

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Nolan Wick

Nolan is a senior journalism major from Silver Spring, Maryland. He's an avid D.C sports fan and loves going to games in his free time. Nolan mainly writes about Penn State football, men's hockey, and baseball. You can follow him on Twitter @nolan_wick or email him at [email protected].

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