Penn State drops to No. 14 in College Football Playoff rankings

Penn State has dropped in the College Football Playoff rankings after a second straight loss. The Nittany Lions were No. 14 in the new poll, which was released Tuesday night.

Penn State was No. 7 in the initial rankings, but the team dropped out of the top 10 after a 27-24 loss at Michigan State over the weekend. The Nittany Lions were ranked right behind No. 12 Michigan State and No. 13 Ohio State.

College Football Playoff hopes are gone for the Nittany Lions — who were ranked No. 2 in the AP poll when they were 7-0 — after the pair of defeats. The team has 3 games left on the schedule to try to improve its bowl game standing.

Penn State hosts Rutgers this weekend for Homecoming at Beaver Stadium. James Franklin said his team’s focus is on that game, not the new ranking.

“We’re focused on playing Rutgers, not on the rankings, not on anything else,” Franklin said. “You look at preseason rankings, you look at middle of the season rankings, you look at the end of the season rankings, they don’t make a whole lot of sense, they’re all over the map.

“So for us we’re just focused on Rutgers, and focused on Penn State and developing our players, and loving our players and coaching our players and teaching our players, having our players teach us and get better.”

Penn State was ranked No. 16 in this week’s AP poll.

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