Penn State moves up to No. 10 in College Football Playoff rankings

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Penn State moves up to No. 10 in College Football Playoff rankings

Penn State is getting closer, but remains so far away.

The Nittany Lions came in at No. 10 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night. Penn State moved up from No. 14 a week ago.

After consecutive losses to ranked opponents, PSU regained its footing last Saturday with a 35-6 home win over Rutgers. The Nittany Lions host Nebraska this Saturday at 4 p.m.

Alabama and Clemson are back on top of the College Football Playoff rankings, the ninth time over the last three seasons that the Crimson Tide and Tigers have held the first two spots in some order.

Alabama was the selection committee's new No. 1 on Tuesday night, with Clemson up two spots to No. 2. Miami and Oklahoma followed, joining the top four for the first time this season. Wisconsin was fifth and Auburn was up to sixth.

Alabama and Clemson have met in the last two national championship games, with each winning one. If it wins out, there is good chance it could enter the postseason positioned to make it three straight title game matchups.

The Crimson Tide had been second behind Georgia in the first two selection committee rankings, but the Bulldogs and previously No. 3 Notre Dame were beaten last weekend, opening up the top for changes.

Unbeaten Miami jumped from seventh to third and along with Clemson gave the Atlantic Coast Conference two top-four teams for the first time in the four-year College Football Playoff era.

Oklahoma moved up one spot.

Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up from eighth and is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. Auburn is the highest-ranked team with two losses.

Georgia is seventh and Notre Dame is eighth.

Ohio State is back in the top 10 after an impressive victory against Michigan State, and Penn State is 10th. Southern California at 11th is the highest-ranked Pac-12 team.

UCF climbed to No. 15, making the undefeated Knights the highest-ranked team from a Group of Five conference. The highest-ranked conference champion from outside the Power Five is guaranteed a spot in the New Year's Six bowls.

Penn State rises to No. 13 in AP poll

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Penn State rises to No. 13 in AP poll

After free-falling from No. 2 to No. 16 in the span of two weeks, Penn State is finally back on the upswing in the AP poll.

Following their 35-6 win over Rutgers, the Nittany Lions rose to No. 13 in the latest AP poll. The win over Rutgers halted a two-game losing streak and kept alive the Nittany Lions' bleak chances of coming out of the Big Ten East.  

Miami is back at No. 2, the Hurricanes' best ranking since 2003.

The undefeated Hurricanes leaped five spots from No. 7 after routing Notre Dame on Saturday night. Alabama remained No. 1, where it has been since the preseason, getting 57 first-place votes. Miami received the other four first-place votes.

Oklahoma moved up to two spots to No. 3, jumping Clemson, which remained No. 4. Unbeaten Wisconsin moved up a spot to No. 5.

Three matchups of top-10 teams on Saturday produced lopsided victories for the home teams, including Miami over Notre Dame. The Irish dropped six spots to No. 9.

No. 8 Ohio State moved up three spots and back into the top 10. A week after getting blown out at Iowa, the Buckeyes bounced back with an emphatic 48-3 victory against Michigan State, who was coming off a walkoff win over then-No. 7 Penn State.

Auburn moved up to No. 6 after beating Georgia. The Bulldogs fell from second to seventh. TCU dropped out of the top 10 after losing at Oklahoma.

To view the rest of the AP poll, click here.

Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension is back on ... again

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Ezekiel Elliott's 6-game suspension is back on ... again

Ezekiel Elliott had his emergency motion denied Thursday by the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

His six-game suspension is back on ... again ... and it's effective immediately.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Elliott didn't meet the standards to continue blocking the suspension but ordered a hearing as soon as it could be scheduled.

He played the first eight games on three different legal reprieves. It wasn't immediately clear how soon the court would rule on Elliott's claim that he was treated unfairly by the NFL.

Though the process has taken twists and turns throughout the first nine weeks of the season, this now looks close to official. It appears Elliott's only remaining option is to appeal this to the Supreme Court.

Elliott will be eligible to return Dec. 24 against the Seahawks. He will miss the Eagles-Cowboys showdown in Week 11 but will be back for the Week 17 meeting.

The Cowboys could be in store for a rough Sunday against the Falcons. Aside from potentially missing Elliott, Dez Bryant (knee, ankle) hasn't practiced all week.