Penn State football checked in at No. 14 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings.
The Nittany Lions climbed six spots after smothering Wisconsin 22-10 at Beaver Stadium on Saturday. The victory improved Penn State’s record to 7-3 and secured the program’s 14th consecutive winning season.
James Franklin’s team earned its lowest ranking in the College Football Playoff Committee’s top 25 last week at No. 20 after coming in at No. 14 in the committee’s first poll of the year.
In addition to its new CFP ranking, Penn State moved up to No. 16 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll and No. 15 in the Coaches’ Poll.
No. 14 Penn State (7-3, 4-3 Big Ten) will take on Rutgers at noon Saturday. The game will be played at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J. and be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
No. 4 Michigan and No. 10 Ohio State are the only Big Ten teams ranked ahead of Penn State and the only Nittany Lion opponents this season to appear in the poll. Big Ten West champion Northwestern came in at No. 22. Iowa and Michigan State fell out of the top 25 after being ranked last week.
Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame took the No. 1 through 3 spots.