UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Having a bye ended up being a big advantage on a crazy day of college football. Three top-10 teams lost Saturday, making way for Penn State to move to No. 8 in the most recent edition of the AP Poll.
The Nittany Lions had the weekend off after losing a heartbreaker to then-no. 4 Ohio State, 27-26, which saw them drop from No. 9 to No. 11 in the AP Poll last week.
With LSU, Oklahoma and Auburn all losing Saturday, it made it easy for Penn State to sneak their way back into the top 10 for the second time this season, doing it without having to play a game.
In the Amway Coaches Poll, the Nittany Lions found themselves at No. 8, as well.
Penn State has games with No. 12 Michigan and No. 15 Wisconsin remaining on the schedule as they look to get back into the win column this weekend.
The Nittany Lions host Michigan State, now unranked after losing to Northwestern on Saturday, this Saturday for their annual homecoming game. The game will be aired on FS1 or the Big Ten Network with a kickoff set for 3:30 p.m.