Penn State opened the year ranked sixth in the AP Top 25 poll and has moved up ever since. Now, at 7-0, the Nittany Lions are No. 2 in the rankings. In front of coach James Franklin’s team is Alabama (8-0), which has held the top stop since the preseason.
But according to one ESPN analyst, that could change if Penn State wins at Ohio State on Saturday night.
On ESPNU Radio on Tuesday, former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy said if that happens, “he’d be surprised” if the Nittany Lions don’t jump the Crimson Tide and are No. 1 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, which will be released Oct. 31.
“Alabama is not a forgone conclusion to be one because they haven’t really played anybody,” McElroy said.
Later in the segment, he provided more evidence to support his claim:
“Alabama hasn’t beaten anybody. Their best win is against [Texas] A&M, and that was an 8-point margin of victory. ‘But we’ve beaten everyone else bad!’ OK, but that doesn’t matter. They’re not any good.”
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McElroy made sure to clarify his overall opinion about Alabama. He thinks the Crimson Tide are the best team in college football and are deserving of the top ranking.
For now, though, he doesn’t think Alabama has the best résumé, which might result in Penn State jumping coach Nick Saban’s program as early as next week.
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