Earlier tonight, the College Football Playoff rankings were released. Two undefeated teams lost their first games of the season, resulting in a jump up for one Big Ten program.
Minnesota’s loss to Iowa helped the team the Gophers beat just two weeks ago. Penn State jumped up to No. 8 from No. 9 after the Gophers dropped down to No. 10.
After the rankings were released, ESPN’s panel of college football experts broke down a major game coming up this weekend. No. 2 Ohio State hosts No. 8 Penn State in the biggest game of the Big Ten season to date.
David Pollack made it clear Ohio State will win on Saturday for one reason – Chase Young is back, per 247Sports:
“Penn State had one chance and that [Chase Young] suspension went out the window last week. If he was suspended for this game, they would’ve had a chance. If you look at Penn State, this is a team that’s kind of leaking oil, lost some of that luster they’ve had during the regular season. Offensive line is their weakest part of their offensive unit period. I don’t know how they slow him down. He’s going to get his.”
Not many teams have contained Young over the past two seasons. He’s second in the nation in sacks despite not playing in the past two games.
With Young back on the field, Ohio State enters as an 18-point favorite.
Do the Nittany Lions stand a chance?