Brown's 3 TDs lead No. 12 Penn State over Rutgers 27-6

Penn State defensive end Daniel Joseph (49) sacks Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan (17) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State (10-2) maintained its hold on No. 10 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released on Tuesday night.

The Nittany Lions debuted at No. 4 when the first rankings of the season were released on Nov. 5. The final College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled Sunday.

The top four teams remained unchanged from last week.

Ohio State, which beat Penn State 27-6 on Nov. 23, remained at No. 1, followed by LSU (12-0), Clemson (12-0) and Georgia (11-1).

Utah (11-1) sits on the cusp of cracking the top four at No. 5, and could possibly see a rise into the top four should the Utes defeated No. 13 Oregon on Friday in the Pac-12 championship game.

The final top-four teams advance to the College Football Playoff.

At No. 8, Wisconsin is the highest-ranked two-loss team. Two-loss Florida is ranked No. 9.

Including Ohio State, Wisconsin and Penn State, six Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 25. Michigan (9-3) is ranked No. 14, Iowa (9-3) is ranked No. 16 and Minnesota (10-2) is ranked No. 18.

Elton Hayes is a veteran sports writer who covers Penn State for CNHI LLC publications. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @EHDC12.

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