Penn State’s Clifford leaves Ohio State game with leg injury

Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison, right, tackles Penn State quarterback Will Levis during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Penn State 28-17.

STATE COLLEGE — The College Football Playoff committee showed Penn State respect on Tuesday as the Nittany Lions checked in at No. 10 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

Penn State dropped just two spots following last week's 28-17 loss to Ohio State. 

"I just go back to the first initial rankings when this this committee threw a curve ball for some when they had had them in the top four and Clemson at five," ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said during Tuesday's rankings show. "They clearly like this team, and even despite another loss to Ohio State, they fought valiantly, and I think the committee recognizes that dropping them down and keeping them in the top 10."

Ohio State topped the latest College Football Playoff rankings on the heels of its 11-point win against Penn State. LSU, which was ranked No. 1 last week, dropped to No. 2. There was no movement at the No. 3 and 4 spots, as Clemson and Georgia, respectively, maintained those spots this week.

Minnesota, which handed Penn State its first loss of the season, is ranked No. 8. 

During Tuesday evening’s College Football Playoff Committee rankings teleconference, committee chairman Rob Mullens explained the decision to rank two-loss Penn State at No. 10 and two-loss Florida at No. 11.  

"Their wins over Michigan and on the road at Iowa, and they also have a quality non-conference win over Pitt," Mullens said of Penn State. "Both teams have good losses, quality losses, with Penn State's being our No. 1 (Ohio State) and our No. 8 (Minnesota) teams this week."

Penn State closes the regular season at home on Saturday against Rutgers.

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