Nov. 17, 2016
If I were you, I wouldn't count out Penn State
The Nittany Lions are now ranked #8 in the College Football Playoff rankings and are 6-1 in the Big 10 with an 8-2 overall record. The only games remaining on the schedule for the regular season are Rutgers, and Michigan State, both unranked teams. If you said back in September that Penn State would have a chance to play for the Big 10 Championship and possibly more, you would probably be laughed at.
The way this season has gone so far for the Nittany Lions has been that of extraordinary. After 4 weeks, they stood 2-2. They then strung together wins against Minnesota and Maryland, setting the stage for their upset victory over their biggest rival and then #2 team in the country, Ohio State 24-21 in front of a raucous white-out crowd of 110,000 at Beaver Stadium. The win propelled Penn State in to the top 25 for the first time since 2011.
They followed up that performance the next 2 weeks with back to back wins in dominating fashion over Purdue, and Iowa. The Nittany Lions earned their 8th victory of the season last weekend over Indiana, despite being down at the half. It was quite a day not only for Penn State, but for the rest of College football. #2 ranked Clemson suffered their first defeat of the season against Pittsburgh. Iowa gave #3 ranked Michigan their first loss with a 14-13 victory over the Wolverines. USC then defeated #4 ranked Washington, creating a huge shakeup in the College Football Playoff picture.
Alabama still stands at #1, no surprise there. Ohio State then jumped back up to #2. Michigan stayed at #3. Clemson was knocked down to #4. Here is the most likely scenario for Penn State to get to Indy to play for the Big 10 Championship. The Nittany Lions need to win their final 2 games and if Ohio State beats Michigan State and Michigan, Penn State will win the Big 10 East and will most likely meet Wisconsin for the Big 10 Championship.
Penn State is more than capable of doing just that. If all goes as planned, they could be playing for more than just the Big 10 title. I know I covered a lot, but, my point in all of this do not count out The Penn State Nittany Lions.