CBS Sports ranks Penn State ranks 9th out of 13 undefeated teams with unbeaten chances

Penn State is one of 13 unbeaten FBS teams remaining, but Chip Patterson of CBS Sports ranks the Nittany Lions as the ninth-most likely program to finish the season without a loss.

That’s not necessarily a knock on Penn State. With Saquon Barkley leading a vaunted offense, the Nittany Lions have scored at least 31 points in five of their six games. But with games against Big Ten powerhouses like Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State looming in the coming weeks, Penn State faces several threats to its unblemished mark.

Penn State came closest to losing this season on Sept. 23 in Iowa, when it edged out the Hawkeyes 21-19. Iowa was clinging to a four-point lead with four seconds remaining when QB Trace McSorley found WR Juwan Johnson open over the middle for the game-winning touchdown.

That win, of course, marked an historic night for Barkley. The junior totaled a program-record 358 all-purpose yards, picking up 211 yards rushing yards, 94 receiving yards and 53 kickoff return yards.

The Nittany Lions followed that up with a pair of comfortable wins over Indiana (45-14 on Sept. 30) and Northwestern (31-7 on Oct. 7).

Coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines come to University Park, Pa. this week, looking to be the first team to knock off Penn State. The teams last played Sept. 24, 2016 when Michigan picked up the 49-10 victory.

CBS Sports ranked San Diego State as most likely to finish undefeated.

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