Penn State landed at No. 10 in the latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings. There is still plenty of movement yet to take place in these rankings with championship weekend looming, but the Lions are sitting in a great position to benefit from said movement.
With No. 1 Ohio State and No. 8 Wisconsin set to play for the Big Ten title, No. 2 LSU and No. 4 Georgia for the SEC, No. 5 Utah and No. 13 Oregon for the Pac 12, and No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 Baylor for the Big 12, the Lions could very well be in line for a multi-spot jump in the rankings if things break right.
With the Rose Bowl in mind, moving as high up the ranks as possible is ideal for Penn State. The Rose Bowl is not obligated to take the highest-ranked team if there are multiple teams from the Big Ten in contention, which there will be along with the Badgers and Minnesota, climbing as high as possible does nothing but help the team's chances of being selected.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Minnesota plummeted at No. 18 after being handled by Wisconsin. Michigan dropped to No. 14 thanks to its beatdown at the hands of Ohio State. Iowa ends up at No. 16 as a result of holding for a win over Nebraska, who...is not ranked? That must be a typo, right?
The entire top 25 is as follows: