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Nittany Lions At No.7 In College Football Rankings — Penn State Football

Nittany Lions At No.7 In College Football Rankings — Penn State Football

The initial rankings for this year's College Football Playoff are out, and there's already drama at the top. Washington, at No. 12, is the highest ranked Pac 12 team, although the conference has five schools ranked between No. 12 and No. 25. Bedlam will be played at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. That loss could prove to be the difference in Penn State reaching the College Football Playoff this season, considering their remaining schedule is not overwhelmingly impressive..

Penn State and TCU are next on the list despite each having a loss, with undefeated Wisconsin and Miami round out the top 10. That can change this week, as Alabama hosts No. 19 LSU.

Defending national champion Clemson got the fourth spot in the inaugural rankings, with the Tigers followed by Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, TCU, Wisconsin and Miami. It has won four of the past eight national championships (and came within 4 points of a fifth title last season), and it has won its last three games against Georgia, including a meeting in the 2012 SEC title game.

The undefeated Bulldogs beat out Alabama for the top spot.

They have only one Power 5 win over a team with a record over.500 (Northwestern). Not yet, but it's a concern.

Last year, Texas A&M was the surprise team that made it in the opening week rankings. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide are in opposite order in major polls. Things will play out on the field, but the playoff committee dropped some not-so-subtle clues about how it might play out the next month. Every SEC West team except Arkansas has appeared among the top four.

The 14-member group of honorees includes Boston College's Matt Hasselbeck, Clemson's Homer Jordan, Duke's Bob Harris, the late Monk Bonasorte of Florida State, Georgia Tech's Keith Brooking, Louisville's Joe Jacoby, Miami's Bennie Blades, North Carolina's Brian Simmons, N.C. State's Levar Fisher, Pitt's Jimbo Covert, Syracuse's Tom Coughlin, Virginia's Bob Davis, Virginia Tech's Jim Pyne and Wake Forest's Ryan Plackemeier.

If you want to regarded as one of the best teams in the land you have to schedule games against good teams to see if you stack up.

This weekend should be the first true test for the Hurricanes with the Virginia Tech Hokies coming into town.

"I could care less about the poll", Saban said Monday.

"What significance does a poll have right now?"

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