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It was No. 6 in the AP poll behind Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington and Louisville. Four undefeated teams. The only four undefeated teams in the Power 5. The Nick Saban machine takes no prisoners.

Washington - Lost to USC, who may have ended any CFP dreams for the Huskies.

Penn State will also need Ohio State to beat the Wolverines because there's now a three-way tie atop the Big Ten East division with three teams all having one loss.

A new rival has emerged at Ohio State, and it's clearly getting the program's best effort. We'll have much more about MI later this week (and Jim Harbaugh), but I'll just throw this out now: This is going to be a very, very angry team when IN comes to the Big House on Saturday.

Penn State (8-2 overall, 6-1 Big Ten) plays at Rutgers (2-8, 0-7) at 8 p.m. Saturday and then hosts Michigan State (3-7, 1-6) on November 26. And all of a sudden, the Penn State Nittany Lions have a great chance of doing this.

That's exactly what MI needs to do, because if it wins out, it should be in the playoffs.

How Penn State absorbs those injuries (preceded by the losses of tackles Andrew Nelson and Brendan Mahon) is a critical question. But, hey, those same Panthers took out Clemson.

From the past two seasons, the college football world has learned two things about the College Football Playoff committee: it places emphasis on conference championships and the last final impression is a lasting one on the committee.

Penn State, of course, defeated Ohio State but lost to MI.

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The No. 10 Penn State Nittany Lions entered the weekend needing a ideal storm to make the Big Ten championship game as well as to be considered for the College Football Playoff.

That total includes the 132 total yards Michigan State's defense held Ohio State to in 2013. The Sooners and Buffaloes are a combined 16-2 versus all other teams. The Spartans won out, including at Ohio State, to win the East and play in the championship game. With a relatively weak opening to the season, that put pressure to win in the conference and Penn State's roster isn't quite there yet to compete in the upper half of the Big Ten.

Penn State Basketball has seemingly been stuck in limbo the last three seasons under head coach Patrick Chambers.

On the biggest play from scrimmage, it let Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard run for a first down that set up the game-winning kick - after a facemask that gave Iowa 15 free yards. "It hurts", he said.

On a windy and chilly night in Iowa City, the Wolverines wilted.

This teamed has learned its lesson of looking ahead and missing the threat right in front of them.

"Just want to beat Michigan State, man". The Rutgers Scarlet Knights haven't beat a ranked team since their 2009 win over USF. And speaking of: ESPN's "College GameDay" crew next week will row the boat to Kalamazoo, Mich., where 10-0 Western Michigan will host Buffalo.

Score one there for the little guys.


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