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Bohls: Crazy love for Nittany Lions

Posted December 4th, 2016

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I know, I know.

Penn State lost twice, big to Michigan on the road and to a good Pittsburgh team that also whipped Clemson.

But I’m a big believer in conference champions AND head-to-head meetings. And that’s why my Associated Press Top 25 ballot puts the Nittany Lions No. 2 ahead of one-loss Ohio State and behind Alabama.  I don’t expect many to agree with it, but Penn State’s one of the hottest teams in the country since it was injury-ravaged in the blowout loss to the Wolverines.

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I do not discount the Buckeyes. They have been very impressive although they narrowly averted upsets against Northwestern and Michigan State, both below-average teams, and didn’t even look like the better team in their home win over Michigan.

That said, I think Ohio State does belong in the College Football Playoff along with undisputed Alabama, ACC champion Clemson and Big Ten champion Penn State. I’d omit Washington because the Pac-12 was not a strong conference this year, and the Huskies have a horrid non-conference schedule with Portland State, Idaho and Rutgers. At least, Ohio State played (and trounced) Oklahoma, and Clemson scheduled (and beat) Auburn, a Power 5 conference team.

Here’s my ballot:

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Ohio State
  4. Clemson
  5. Washington
  6. Oklahoma
  7. USC
  8. Michigan
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Colorado
  11. Western Michigan
  12. Florida State
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. West Virginia
  16. Iowa
  17. Virginia Tech
  18. Louisville
  19. Stanford
  20. Air Force
  21. Temple
  22. South Florida
  23. Boise State
  24. Florida
  25. Auburn

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