2. Penn State only dropping to 10 matters
Penn State beat an okay Iowa team on the road in a tough and tight 17-12 game. It followed that up by starting out how against Michigan, only to hang on for dear life – when Michigan’s Ronnie Bell couldn’t hang on to a touchdown pass – in a 28-21 win.
And there’s …
There was that win … over that team … you know …
What is with the College Football Playoff committee’s unwavering affection for this year’s Penn State team?
The Nittany Lions are good, but they’re not that good.
The offense is meh, the defense can’t stop anyone who can throw, and the wins over Pitt, Michigan State and Indiana really aren’t any big whoop.
Starting out the CFP process at 4 was fine. It had those wins over Iowa and Michigan to be a spot ahead of Clemson, who had those wins over a box of freshly baked cupcakes.
Oklahoma came up with a thrilling win over an unbeaten Baylor team on the road, and it couldn’t move past the Nittany Lions.
Minnesota actually beat Penn State, but that was instantly blown off after the Gophers’ close loss to Iowa.
And now, even though Florida’s losses away from home to No. 1 LSU and No. 4 Georgia were good battles, and they’re technically stronger than Penn State’s two losses, the Nittany Lions are still ranked higher than the Gators.
Okay, so they did beat No. 13 Michigan and Florida’s best win is over No. 16 Auburn, and that matters, because now the Nittany Lions have an inside track for a New Year’s Six bowl game, and possibly the Rose Bowl if Wisconsin ends up beating Minnesota and losing to Ohio State.