Penn State’s College Football Playoff chances couldn’t have been much better two weeks ago. The Nittany Lions, then 7-0, were ranked second in the AP Top 25 with a game at Ohio State on the horizon. Beat the Buckeyes, and coach James Franklin’s team could have found itself atop the first CFP rankings on Oct. 21.
Penn State proceeded to fall 39-38 in Columbus, a defeat Franklin said he believes carried over into the following week for the road contest with Michigan State. The Nittany Lions lost that one, too, and now sit at No. 16 in the latest playoff rankings. It’s unlikely they’ll even make the Big Ten Championship Game.
“I don’t think we got over the Ohio State loss quick enough,” Franklin told Steve Jones on the Penn State Coaches Show on Thursday night.
James Franklin had this to say to Steve Jones about mood of team on the Penn State Coaches Show: pic.twitter.com/Ha75cUm0J7
— Greg Pickel (@GregPickel) November 9, 2017
Penn State still has a decent shot to finish within the top 12 of the CFP rankings and qualify for a New Year’s Six bowl. The road starts at home against Rutgers on Saturday.