Penn State came into the week ranked No. 16 and is now No. 15 in the Coaches Poll and No. 14 in the AP heading into its game against Maryland at Beaver Stadium this Saturday.
Coach James Franklin’s team is once again the third-highest-ranked school in the Big Ten after falling behind Illinois. The Illini were No. 13 in last week’s rankings Coaches Poll and 14th in the AP, but a 23-15 upset loss at home to Michigan State knocked them back to No. 20 in the Coaches and 21st in the AP. The top two schools in the Big Ten are, once again, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan in both polls. Those two schools are responsible for 7-2 Penn State’s losses this season and will meet in Columbus Nov. 26. Many feel there’s a good chance that both will go to the College Football Playoff regardless of who wins.
Elsewhere in the top 25, Georgia remains at No. 1 in both polls after its 27-13 win over then-No. 3 Tennessee, who fell to No. 5. After Ohio State and Michigan, 9-0 TCU is No. 4 in the Coaches and AP, up from No. 7. Clemson fell from No. 5 to No. 12 after its 35-14 loss at Notre Dame.
The second batch of College Football Playoff rankings will come out Tuesday at 7. Penn State came in at 15th in the first batch. Unfortunately for Penn State, it has no realistic chance of making the College Football Playoff. The closest Penn State came was in 2016, when it last won the Big Ten.