The Nittany Lions fell in the Associated Press Top-25 poll, which was released Sunday afternoon.
Penn State came in at No. 5 — dropping one spot from No. 4 — despite improving to 2-0 after beating Pittsburgh 33-14 on Saturday.
The 19-point win was imperfect; the Nittany Lion offense wasn’t as crisp and explosive as it usually is.
But this slight drop in the rankings isn’t on Penn State. It’s a product of what happened elsewhere in the college football world on Saturday.
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Oklahoma jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 after handily defeating the previously second-ranked Buckeyes in Columbus. Ohio State fell to No. 9 in the poll.
Southern California also reclaimed its No. 4 spot after throttling Stanford 42-24. Alabama and Clemson held at Nos. 1 and 3, respectively.
The No. 5 Nittany Lions face Georgia State on Saturday.