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Nittany Lions are going to need help

Penn State remains No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings, but its hopes of getting into the Final Four might not be all that great even if it wins the Big Ten championship. Washington is No. 4, and Michigan is No. 5. Playoff committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said this about those two ...

Alabama, Ohio State still Nos. 1, 2 in playoff poll

The Associated Press Ohio State held firm at second in the College Football Playoff rankings, putting the Buckeyes in position to become the first team to be selected to the final four without winning its conference. The second-to-last rankings were released Tuesday night and Alabama was ...

Barkley says he’s fine

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley made it clear Monday that he expects to play in Saturday’s Big Ten title game. “Yes, I do,” Barkley said on a teleconference. “I’m feeling fine, feeling really good.” Barkley suffered a right foot or ankle injury in the third quarter of the ...

Need math to analyze Wisconsin

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Wisconsin lost at home to Ohio State. Penn State beat Ohio State at home. That’s it. The Nittany Lions are the better team. If only sports were that easy. In sports, however, the mathematical concept that if A is better than B and B is better ...

Old could be new for Wisconsin

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Bart Houston began the season as Wisconsin’s starting quarterback before losing his job to Alex Hornibrook. With Hornibrook listed as questionable with a head injury for the Big Ten title game against No. 8 Penn State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) on Saturday, ...

Big Ten slams Harbaugh with $10,000 fine

The Big Ten reprimanded Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and fined the school $10,000 on Monday for violating the conference’s sportsmanship policy by criticizing officials after the Ohio State game. Harbaugh blasted the officiating after the Wolverines’ 30-27 double-overtime loss Saturday in ...

Lions, Badgers have a lot at stake

James Franklin perfectly summed up what this improbable, magical season has meant for his team and program. “Instead of talking about what Penn State was, people are now talking about what Penn State is, and that’s exciting,” Franklin said Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions ...

Barkley expected to play

Standout running back Saquon Barkley is expected to play for Penn State this week against Wisconsin, which also has a major injury concern of its own. “We’re confident he’s playing,” coach James Franklin said Sunday afternoon. “But for me to tell you right now how he’s looking, ...

Youngster sparks Penn State men

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Penn State’s youth movement is starting to pay dividends. Redshirt freshman Mike Watkins scored a career-high 20 points and added eight rebounds and four blocks to lead the Nittany Lions to a 74-68 victory at George Washington on Saturday. Fellow ...

CFP berth preferable, even if it means ’Bama

Commentary There’s a ridiculous notion that’s been debated in some circles over the past week that goes like this: Would you rather see Penn State get to the College Football Playoff and be crushed by Alabama, or go to the Rose Bowl and have a real chance to win? It’s the dumbest ...

Spartans look for something to play for against Penn State

The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Times have certainly changed for the Michigan State football team and coach Mark Dantonio. Last year, the Spartans went into their regular-season finale with Penn State needing a win to wrap up a berth in the Big Ten championship game. This year, ...

All things even, committee says Buckeyes better than PSU

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There are a lot of “what ifs” still yet to be determined in the College Football Playoff picture, but one thing became clearer Tuesday night, and it does not favor Penn State. If the last spot in the Final Four comes down between the Nittany ...

Coach gives credit to Lions’ seniors

UNIVERSITY PARK — A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Michigan State (3-8, 1-7 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday 3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: ESPN About the Spartans: They might be the best 1-7 Big Ten team ever, having recruited well in recent years but ...

Playoffs’ top four stay the same

The Associated Press Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson held the top four spots in the College Football Playoff rankings for the second straight week and Washington moved up a spot to fifth this week. Wisconsin is sixth in the selection committee rankings released Tuesday night. ...

Duke gets hurt in win over PSU

The Associated Press UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Top-ranked Duke bounced back from its loss to Kansas by beating Penn State, but watched another player go down with an injury. Freshman Frank Jackson led five players in double figures with 17 points and Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 15 ...

Detroit Lions’ Levy calls Paterno ‘dirtbag’

From Mirror reports Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy will always be remembered as the player who broke Joe Paterno’s leg on a sideline collision during a game at Wisconsin in 2006. Thursday, it was revealed Levy called the play his “proudest college moment” and called Paterno a ...

PSU gets help

The dominoes continue to fall in favor of Penn State, which is now yet another step closer to a potential College Football Playoff berth thanks to Louisville’s blowout loss at Houston. Even if the No. 8 Nittany Lions, in their best-case scenario that includes another Michigan loss, go on to ...

Hamilton still playing key role

It might have been impossible not to feel good for DaeSean Hamilton when he caught a 54-yard flea-flicker pass Saturday at Indiana. Seemingly a forgotten man — stats-wise, anyway — in Penn State’s potent offense as the season has progressed, Hamilton’s catch helped the team grab a ...

Title path exists for Nittany Lions

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Penn State was the topic of a lot of conversation on the College Football Playoff ranking show Wednesday night, with the Nittany Lions jumping up two spots to No. 8. A lot of things have to happen for the Lions to earn a berth in the playoff, but ...

Philly connection helps Lions deliver knockout punch

By Paddy Cotter For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State is slowly discovering its identity after finishing a three-game home stretch with an 85-76 victory over Grand Canyon on Tuesday at the Bryce Jordan Center. Coach Patrick Chambers’ description of their identity is eerily ...