PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In SI.com’s latest college football power rankings, Penn State is ranked 24th. Last week the postseason ban on Penn State was removed by the NCAA and all the sudden, after a 3-0 start, James Franklin’s Nittany Lions are in the Big Ten Championship conversation.READ MORE: Temple University Students Gather To Honor Students Killed, Call For Safety Changes
“As for the Nittany Lions, they scraped by in Piscataway, N.J., but did so in the type of game they haven’t won for the past few seasons,” wrote Martin Rickman on SI.com. “Penn State is eligible for the postseason again, and it has as good a chance as anyone to win the conference.”
Other Big Ten teams ranked in SI.com’s power rankings: Michigan State (12), Wisconsin (21), and Ohio State (22). Nebraska was in the “next five” category. You can see the full list here.
Before Penn State’s 13-10 Big Ten victory over Rutgers on Saturday, Franklin was recorded addressing his team.READ MORE: After Firing Coach, Flyers Drop 9th Straight, 7-5 to Avalanche
“When you put on a Penn State helmet, you cannot be beaten,” Franklin said. “It’s your suit of armor, baby. There’s no way you can be beaten.”
So far, the inspirational quote has rung true.
Penn State hosts UMASS on Saturday at 4:00pm E.T.
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