Penn State's College Football Playoff hopes may be dead, but its chances for a New Year's Six berth remain alive. Despite Saturday's 28-17 loss to Ohio State on Saturday, the Nittany Lions remain firmly in the mix at No. 10.
Despite being out of contention for a top-four spot, the rankings will bear watching over the final two weeks of the season. The Playoff Committee, in conjunction with the bowl games will use the rankings to put together matchups for the non-playoff bowl games. For Penn State's purposes, that would be the Rose, Cotton, or Orange Bowls.
Wins over Michigan (No. 13) and Iowa (No. 17) loom large for the Nittany Lions, as do close losses to new No. 1 Ohio State and Minnesota (No. 8). The Golden Gophers can take a huge step towards a New Year's Six spot with a victory on Saturday over Wisconsin (No. 12). That would set up a Big Ten title game between them and the Buckeyes.
The final rankings will be revealed on Sunday, December 8 on ESPN, with the New Year's Six bids announced later that afternoon.