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Penn State Returns to Top 10 in AP Poll

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Penn State moved up in the latest AP Poll and Coaches Poll

In the Coaches Poll, it moved from No. 11 to No. 10, and in the AP, it’s now No. 10 as well.

This occurred after Penn State ended its regular season with a 42-0 win over Michigan State in Detroit, finishing out the year 10-2 for the season fifth time since 2016.

Penn State was also assisted by No. 9 Louisville falling at Kentucky in a rivalry game. Of course, Penn State is still behind the only two teams its failed to beat over the past two seasons: Michigan and Ohio State. Michigan beat Ohio State in “The Game” Saturday, ending the regular season perfect for the second straight year. If Michigan beats Iowa— which it’s a three-touchdown favorite over— in Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game, it will win the Big Ten and make it to the College Football Playoff, each for the third straight season. Michigan beat Penn State in Happy Valley 24-15 Nov. 11, and Ohio State did the same in Columbus three weeks prior in a 20-12 win.

The College Football Playoff rankings will be released Tuesday evening a little after 7. Penn State currently sits at No. 11 but is likely to move into the top 10 like it did in the AP Poll. Penn State won’t be in the College Football Playoff, but appears to be a sure thing to make its fifth New Year’s Six bowl game since 2016. Penn State beat Utah in the Rose Bowl last season, beat Memphis in the Cotton Bowl in 2019, did the same to Washington in the Fiesta Bowl two years prior and lost to USC in the Rose Bowl as Big Ten champions the season before.

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