College football rankings: Penn State No. 2 ahead of showdown at Ohio State

Penn State remained at No. 2 in the latest AP Top 25 poll released Sunday, trailing only No. 1 Alabama, after a 42-13 demolition of Michigan on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium.

The biggest game in the Big Ten’s East division is coming up. Penn State will be bringing the highest-ranked Nittany Lions team to visit Columbus on Saturday.

Penn State (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) has faced Ohio State while ranked No. 2 or No. 1 in the AP poll, but never in Columbus.

The highest-ranked Nittany Lions team to play in Ohio Stadium before this upcoming weekend was Oct. 25, 2008, when then-No. 3 Penn State topped the 10 th-ranked Buckeyes, 13-6, to move to 9-0 on the season.


Unlike last weekend, the teams in the top 10 largely took care of business during Week 8. The top-ranked Crimson Tide stomped Tennessee, 45-7; No. 4 TCU blanked Kansas, 43-0; No. 5 Wisconsin hammered Maryland, 38-13; No. 8 Miami held off Syracuse, 27-19; No. 9 Oklahoma won at Kansas State, 42-35; No. 10 Oklahoma State did the same at Texas, 13-10.

No. 3 Georgia, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 7 Clemson were idle.

After a dominating start to the campaign, Penn State’s postseason destiny figures to take shape over the next two weekends. Following a visit to Columbus this weekend, the Lions head to East Lansing to take on No. 18 Michigan State on Nov. 4.

November wraps up with visits from Rutgers (Nov. 11) and Nebraska (Nov. 18) and a trip to Maryland on Nov. 25.

The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released Oct. 31. But before the Lions — and Lions faithful — can start thinking about chasing the Crimson Tide, they’ve got to take care of the Buckeyes first.

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