This team has a legitimate shot – Big Ten East or not, MI or not, Ohio State or not – of competing for the College Football Playoff again next year. But if Penn State wins this game in comeback fashion, the playoff committee should reward them accordingly. Whatever bowl they wind up in, they’ll have a chance to end a season of widely unexpected success with eleven wins.
Wisconsin, armed with a pair of timeouts and lining up for a fourth-and-1 play from the Nittany Lions’ 24, called on Corey Clement. “Three wins over CFP top-10 teams, including what possibly will be defined as the game of the year, the victory they had over MI”.
“I am just proud of our team, nine-straight, what an awesome game today.at the end of the day we’re going to be appreciative of wherever we’re going, but I think we deserve to be a part of the conversation”. The Trojans have now won eight consecutive games, including an upset over No. 4 Washington in Week 10.
The Big Ten turned out just fine in all the jostling over the last few weeks.
Penn State really is that good. Coach Paul Chryst never could have expected this from a defense that hadn’t allowed more than 30 points all season and had only allowed No. 2 Ohio State to gain more than 400 yards in a game this year. “So we’ve had a great year”.
The Badgers also scored a touchdown on a short field in the first half when Penn State coach James Franklin had his team go for it on fourth down inside their own territory. Penn State was down 28-7 at one point in the ballgame. Clement has rushed of 100 yards seven times this season, including four straight games with at least 100 rushing yards and a touchdown in the team’s final four regular season games. But he also steadfastly defended the Big Ten as the nation’s toughest conference whose champion, by extension, deserves a playoff shot.
Let’s get this much straight: If Penn State finished 11-1 and won its conference, its fans wouldn’t want a 10-2 team that won another conference to get into the College Football Playoff ahead of it.
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany had said on ESPN on Saturday morning that he thought that Alabama and Ohio State had done enough to make the playoff.
No. 7 Oklahoma 38, No. 11 Oklahoma State 20: Baker Mayfield passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State in a matchup that decided the Big 12 title and likely guaranteed the Sooners a trip to the Sugar Bowl. Some will argue that if Penn State wins, it should go in over Ohio State since the Nittany Lions defeated Ohio State and won the Big Ten. Basically, Hocutt said, the decision boiled down to the Huskies having the edge in just about every other aspect besides strength of schedule. That game was basically what transpired Ohio State into the playoff spotlight and kept them high in the rankings.
“Are you kidding me?”