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Nittany Lions hanging around at No. 8 in CFP

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press The College Football Playoff rankings were unchanged at the top this week, with LSU first followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. The selection committee’s third weekly rankings had little movement in the top 10, with Alabama fifth followed by ...

PSU a huge underdog against Buckeyes

Penn State’s players say they’re ready for Ohio State. Vegas disagrees — in a big way. The Nittany Lions are 18-point underdogs for this week’s huge showdown in Columbus that will decide the Big Ten East regular-season champ and a whole lot more. The Buckeyes have throttled everyone ...

Four win titles as Penn State rolls in Army Invite

WEST POINT, N.Y — The Penn State Nittany Lions, ranked No. 1 nationally by InterMat, dominated action at the 2019 Army West Point Invite on Sunday in West Point, N.Y. Fifteen Penn Staters competed at nine weights and the Nittany Lions came away with four champions with 11 total ...

PSU 5 keys: Lions need to get pressure on Hoosier QB

Five things to look for as No. 9 Penn State looks to bounce back from last week’s loss in a game against an Indiana team that’s ranked in the top 25 (No. 24) for the first time in 25 years. No. 1: Pressure QB The Lions have one of the top defensive lines in the country, but it failed to ...

PSU not getting enough from overall WR group

Penn State has a wide receiver problem. Again. Last year it was a case of the drops, and this year it’s been an inability get anyone other than KJ Hamler heavily involved. The Nittany Lions have one dynamic playmaker at the wideout spot — Hamler — but they’ve gotten very little ...

Lions clobber Georgetown

WASHINGTON — After two blowout victories against lesser competition to start the season Penn State passed its first real test with flying colors. Myreon Jones scored a career-high 21 points as Penn State led by as many as 18 in an 81-66 victory over Georgetown on Thursday night in the Gavitt ...

Franklin venting about criticism

James Franklin wanted to get some things off his chest and delivered an interesting monologue at the end of his press conference Tuesday. But why Franklin chose to say what he said in the first place is probably even more interesting, albeit it unknown. Franklin answered questions for about ...

Alabama, PSU fall out of top 4

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press Alabama is fifth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, behind LSU, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia, which took over the fourth spot in the selection committee’s second top 25. LSU replaced Ohio State as No. 1 on Tuesday night after the ...

Franklin says Clifford’s passion needs channeled correctly

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Indiana (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, noon, Beaver Stadium TV: ABC About the Hoosiers: They’ve won four in a row and already earned bowl eligibility, a rare occurrence for the program. … They’re No. 24 ...

Hoosiers want to stay in Top 25

By Michael Marot The Associated Press Coach Tom Allen walked into Indiana’s team meeting Monday and congratulated his players for ending one streak. He quickly urged them to start a new one. One day after No. 24 Indiana cracked the Top 25 for the first time in more than a ...

College Corner

PSU women’s soccer home Friday UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s soccer program will host the first round of the NCAA Tournament this Friday against Stony Brook at 6 p.m. Penn State earned the No. 4 national seed in its portion of the bracket. The Nittany Lions are returning ...

Time for hard truths after PSU defeat

Seeing Penn State ranked in the top four of the College Football Playoff last week had to be pretty cool for all Nittany Lion fans. But be honest here: Didn’t it feel like a bit of a mirage? The Lions had the resume, relative to everyone else, to deserve their No. 4 ranking. No question ...

Nittany Lions drop to ninth in poll

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after beating Alabama in a 1-2 matchup, and Minnesota moved into the top 10 for the first time in 57 years. After two weeks of historically close voting at the top of poll, ...

History-making Lions enter as No. 4

Penn State is ranked in the top four of the College Football Playoff for the first time ever, landing in the No. 4 spot. The Nittany Lions are No. 5 in both the AP and coaches polls, so many may have assumed that’s where they would be in the season’s initial CFP rankings, released late ...

Seven return to lead PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — When the Penn State wrestling team opens the season against Navy at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Rec Hall, the Nittany Lions will be looking to continue their bulldozing run under coach Cael Sanderson. The Nittany Lions have won eight of the last nine NCAA titles and have posted ...

Coach speak with James Franklin

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference: Opponent: Minnesota (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday, noon, TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis TV: ABC About the Gophers: They’re undefeated and ranked 13th in both polls. … Coach P.J. Fleck agreed Tuesday to a new contract ...

Notre Dame avoids upset loss at home

The Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Ian Book ran 7 yards for a touchdown with 29 seconds left to cap an 18-play, 87-yard drive and give No. 16 Notre Dame a 21-20 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Fighting Irish (6-2) committed three turnovers deep in Virginia Tech territory, ...

Fighting Illini are big part of promising bowl outlook

The Associated Press Lovie Smith inherited outdated football facilities, among the worst in college football, when he was hired at Illinois in 2016 and he knew it. The former Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach took on the challenge anyway. Smith committed to a long-term plan to ...

Sports at a glance

Shelton won’t play Nov. 9 ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten has reprimanded Penn State defensive tackle Antonio Shelton for spitting on a Michigan State player during a game. The conference also said Tuesday it supports the one-game suspension Shelton was given by Penn State. Shelton will ...

Giger: PSU can make playoff with one (good) loss

This should be an exciting time for Penn State football fans with the program very much in the running for a chance to make the College Football Playoff for the first time. The Nittany Lions are No. 5 in the latest AP and coaches polls and would be a lock for the CFP if they go undefeated ...