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Nittany Lions move up in new College Football Playoff rankings

psheehan@centredaily.com

The Nittany Lions are moving on up.

Penn State is No. 10 in the second edition of the 2016 season’s College Football Playoff rankings, announced on Tuesday night. This is two spots higher for the Nittany Lions (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten), who came in at No. 12 last week.

Penn State is sandwiched by Auburn and Oklahoma at No. 9 and 11, respectively.

A shot up the rankings was to be expected. The Nittany Lions throttled Iowa 41-14 on Saturday night, and three teams ranked ahead of Penn State — then-No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Florida — all lost over the weekend.

Again, this is higher than Penn State’s ranking in the obsolete AP Poll and USA Today Coaches’ Poll. The Nittany Lions were No. 12 and 14 in Sunday’s AP and Coaches’ Poll, respectively.

Penn State is one of five Big Ten teams featured in this edition College Football Playoff rankings. Michigan and Ohio State highlight the conference, sitting at No. 3 and No. 5, respectively. Wisconsin (No. 7) and Nebraska (No. 19) are also ranked.

The Big Ten is the only conference with four teams in the top-10.

The College Football Playoff rankings, selected by 12 committee members, was instituted for the 2014 season. Now in its third season of determining what four teams will face off in the four-team playoff, the rankings take the following into consideration: strength of schedule, team records, conference championships and head-to-head results.

Penn State, riding a five-game winning streak, looks to keep the train moving as it travels for a road game at Indiana (5-4, 3-3) at noon Saturday.

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