By Harry Allison

Penn State is riding high at 5-0 and 9th in the top 25 as chosen by coaches.

But the Nits’ schedule is about to get much tougher.

They look like the best challenger to Ohio State in the Big Ten’s East Division. They went on an 94-0 run — from the Pitt game until the second quarter on Saturday — before allowing a Purdue touchdown, their only score surrendered on the day.

Brent Pry’s fast and physical defense responded well to James Franklin’s pre-Maryland challenge to improve on third down (Purdue went 1-of-14).

Another efficient performance from quarterback Sean Clifford (264 pass yards, three touchdowns) is encouraging, although the offense will really be tested over the next two weeks against Iowa (road) and Michigan (home). If the Lions remain perfect, start circling their Nov. 23 trip to Columbus as the game of the season.