After demolishing Maryland, 30-0, at Beaver Stadium this past Saturday, coach James Franklin’s team shot up three spots in each poll.
Last week, Penn State ranked No. 14 in the AP Poll and No. 15 in the coaches.
As expected, Penn State is the third-highest ranked Big Ten team, behind No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan. Ohio State and Michigan are undefeated and responsible for Penn State’s only blemishes through 10 games. Michigan beat Penn State, 41-17, Oct. 15 in Ann Arbor, and Ohio State earned a 44-31 win over Penn State in Happy Valley Oct. 29. Ohio State and Michigan meet in arguably the biggest game of college football’s 2022 regular season Nov. 26 in Columbus. It’s possible that the Big Ten sends two teams to the college football playoff, depending on what happens in Ohio two days after Thanksgiving.
Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State are the only ranked schools out of 14 in the Big Ten. Illinois has been ranked, but fell out of the top 25 in both polls after losing its second straight home game, falling 31-24 to Purdue.
Elsewhere in the top 25, Georgia remains at No. 1, and TCU is still No. 4. Georgia beat Mississippi State, 45-19, this past weekend, and TCU got a big win at Texas, 17-10.
Penn State now awaits where it will be in the third batch of College Football Playoff rankings. It’s currently ranked No. 14, which is where it was in the AP Poll before climbing to No. 11.