Undefeated Penn State rose to No. 5 in the Associated Press top 25 poll released Sunday.
Louisiana State supplanted Alabama as the nation’s No. 1 team after its 23-20 victory over Auburn. The Crimson Tide defeated Arkansas but fell to No. 2, just two points behind the Tigers in the balloting by the media panel. After a bye this week, the two teams meet on Nov. 9 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Penn State climbed to its highest ranking since spending a week at No. 2 midway through the 2017 season. The Nittany Lions are off this week and with the first College Football Playoff rankings being released on Nov. 5, it will be interesting to see how the CFP considers their record and strength of schedule to this point.