Penn State coach James Franklin was focused on “Iowa, Iowa, Iowa” last week. All Penn State did was “Win, win, win.”
Since beating then-No. 2 Ohio State 24-21 on Oct. 22, the Nittany Lions have routed Purdue by 38 and then beat Iowa 41-14 on Saturday night.
What did it mean for the polls? Penn State continues to rise — and in a big way.
Previous rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 23/No. 20
New rankings (Coaches/AP): No. 14/No. 12
Last result: Beat Iowa, 41-14
What it means: As long as Penn State (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten) keeps winning, the Nittany Lions will move up. The Ohio State win also looks even better with the Buckeyes’ 62-3 blowout of Nebraska on Saturday night. Penn State jumped nine spots in the Coaches Poll and eight spots in the AP rankings.
With games against Indiana, Rutgers and Michigan State to close the regular season, Penn State has a strong chance to go 10-2. Even if that doesn’t end with a division title, a 10-2 Nittany Lions team would have a great chance to play in a New Year’s Six game as a top-10 team.
When Penn State lost to Michigan 49-10 on Sept. 24, it fell to 2-2. The Nittany Lions are 5-0 since and playing like one of the best teams in the nation.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) November 6, 2016
Up next: Penn State plays at Indiana at noon ET on Saturday.