8. Penn State Nittany Lions (8-2)


Week 10 ranking: 10
Week 11 result: Defeated Indiana 45-31

The final score is deceiving. Penn State’s game at Indiana was in doubt until late in the fourth quarter, but a win is a win, and the Nittany Lions notched their sixth consecutive victory. Most important: They kept pace with Michigan and Ohio State in the Big Ten East. They should get their seventh win in a row at woeful Rutgers next weekend. If they win out and Ohio State beats Michigan, the Nittany Lions will win the Big Ten East: