The first College Football Playoff rankings have been unveiled and Penn State has been ranked outside the top 10. The Nittany Lions came in at No. 11 in the initial rankings, which will be unveiled weekly the rest of the season.
The ranking means they’re the third-highest ranked Big Ten team behind only Michigan — coming in at No. 3 — and Ohio State — coming in at No. 1.
Penn State already had its opportunity against the Buckeyes, losing 20-12 in Columbus on Oct. 22, but will get its crack against the Wolverines next week in Beaver Stadium.
Those were the only three Big Ten schools that were ranked in the initial rankings.
The Nittany Lions are currently 7-1 and do not have a win over a ranked opponent, with neither Iowa or West Virginia — their best wins — earning a spot in the initial rankings. As things stand, Michigan is the only ranked team left on the schedule for Penn State.
Here is the first 2023 edition of the College Football Playoff rankings in full:
1. Ohio State
4. Florida State
10. Ole Miss
11. Penn State
15. Notre Dame
16. Oregon State
22. Oklahoma State
23. Kansas State
25. Air Force