ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was surprised to see Penn State at No. 12 in Tuesday’s first College Football Playoff rankings, calling that placement “a shocker.”
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The Nittany Lions own as big a win as anyone in college football, having beaten Ohio State, 24-21, in State College on Oct. 22. Last week, they crushed Purdue, 62-24.
However, Penn State has two losses: Sept. 10 at Pittsburgh and Sept. 24 at Michigan.
The Nittany Lions, who are ranked No. 20 in the AP Top 25 and No. 23 in the Coaches Poll, are the third-highest ranked two-loss team in the CFB standings.
Penn State is one of five Big Ten teams in the top 12 of the CFB rankings.
James Franklin’s team hosts Iowa on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.