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.https://twitter.com/CFBPlayoff/status/930626199176478721