Penn State is the Big Ten champion — and definitely one of the nation’s top teams.
The Nittany Lions’ stunning 2016 season now has a conference championship thanks to their 38-31 win against Wisconsin in Indianapolis on Saturday night.
But how would the polls react to the win? The Nittany Lions rallied from a 28-7 deficit against one of the nation’s best defenses in a top-10 showdown?
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 8/No. 8
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 5/No. 5
Last result: Beat Wisconsin, 38-31, on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game
What it means: Voters were going to be impressed with whichever team won the Big Ten title. But with the way Penn State did it, with the offense charging at the end to shock Wisconsin, voters saw a dynamic team capable of beating one of the best — and being one of the best.
Up next: The regular season is done. It’s now bowl season, with Penn State (11-2) locked into the Rose Bowl as the Big Ten champion — if the Nittany Lions don’t make the College Football Playoff. They’ll find out shortly after noon ET Sunday.