Penn State is 5-0, and the Nittany Lions are on a course to the College Football Playoff so far.
The Nittany Lions have the front-runner for the Heisman Trophy in Saquon Barkley, and they earned a gritty conference road win at Iowa, but September strength of schedule is an issue. PSU has yet to beat a ranked opponent, and its nonconference opponents — Akron, Pittsburgh and Georgia State — have a combined record of 5-8. If PSU can win back-to-back games against Michigan (Oct. 21) and Ohio State (Oct. 28), though, last year’s snub should be avenged.
Dinich notes that every preseason contending Big Ten team — Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin — is still in contention for a playoff spot. Ohio State is the lone team in the group to suffer a loss, but it came in Week 2 at the hands of fellow playoff contender Oklahoma. Penn State’s games against Michigan and Ohio State in October will ultimately decide the fate of each team.
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