First, Fox Sports’ power rankings by Charles Davis:
25 Penn State Nittany Lions (5-2 – 0/0)
No better story than the Nittany Lions this football season. Lost their first two and have now won five straight. They will truly help determine who plays in the Big Ten title game. Bill O’Brien deserves every accolade (as does his staff, and especially, his team) that comes his way. IMPRESSIVE at Iowa City last Saturday.
What was that? No better story than the Nittany Lions this football season? I’m not making that up?Davis wrote that right?
Next, Yahoo Sports (this one is long, but here is an excerpt):
Down the hill, in the little downtown, talk centered on the likable football program that was still churning, 4-2 then, 5-2 now, and on the edge of the AP rankings. The Nittany Lions host Ohio State (8-0) Saturday in what may be the biggest game in the Big Ten this year, even if neither is eligible for the league title. The focus a big football game can create, returns.
Penn State, with 44,000 undergrads alone here in State College, was always bigger than Joe Paterno, even if that wasn’t the way it was portrayed publicly or even believed privately by everyone from top administrators to part-time janitors who feared challenging the program. They were wrong though. Football may have run certain egos or cast unfortunate fear down through the staff, but it never was the only thing this place was about.