The start of November brought the first College Football Playoff ranking of the season, with the Nittany Lions coming in at No. 15.
November 1️⃣ #CFBPlayoff Selection Committee Rankings— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) November 1, 2022
1️⃣1️⃣. Mississippi // @OleMissFB
1️⃣2️⃣. UCLA // @UCLAFootball
1️⃣3️⃣. Kansas State // @KStateFB
1️⃣4️⃣. Utah // @Utah_Football
1️⃣5️⃣. Penn State // @PennStateFball
All in all, this is a good sign for Penn State should it want to reach a New Year’s Six bowl game. There’s been some projections that Illinois — should it win the Big Ten West — could sneak into the NY6 instead of a 10-2 Penn State. But given that the Illini are ranked behind Penn State (at No. 16) despite being 7-1, it likely shows that the committee won’t reward what will probably be a 9-3 team even if it has a Big Ten West crown.
Regardless, for Penn State the main focus of the season shouldn’t be on rankings, but instead, just winning the season out. While the prize of a New Year’s Six bowl is certainly nice, the more important piece to that is ending the regular season on a four-game winning streak. Whatever happens after 10-2 is just the cherry on top.