Penn State gets college football playoff nod in latest CBS bowl projections; recruits react to ‘College GameDay’, more

Today’s Penn State football headlines feature updated bowl projections and reactions from 2018 recruits to College GameDay being in State College for Saturday’s Michigan game.

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports has thus far resisted putting Penn State in his weekly College Football Playoff projections, but he now has the Lions as the No. 3 seed and playing No. 2 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Palm still believes Clemson, which lost on the road to Syracuse Friday night, will reach the playoff as a No. 4 seed to take on No. 1 Alabama.

Penn State fans have reason to rejoice going into Michigan week. The Lions had the week off while chaos struck college football, and they moved up to No. 2 in the AP and coaches polls after a stunning loss by Clemson. ESPN also announced “College GameDay” would come to State College for the first time since 2009.

Nick Polak of Roar Lions Roar has a collection of responses from Penn State commits. Sean Fitz of Lions 247 has an updated visitor list ($), which already features an impressive array of talent.

In other Penn State football news, the Lions reach No. 2 in the national rankings for the first time since 1999. Michigan fans ponder whether quarterback John O’Korn should start this weekend, and the Rivals staff discusses the fallout of Penn State parting ways with 2018 recruit Dorian Hardy.

PennLive’s Bob Flounders, Greg Pickel and Dustin Hockensmith also talk Penn State football on the Keystone Sports Network. Check out audio from their latest podcast below.

Those headlines and more highlight today’s Penn State football news roundup:

Bowl projections: Four top-10 upsets create chaos starting with College Football Playoff: Palm [CBS Sports]

College Football Playoff picture: Who’s in, out and knocking on door in Week 8: Bender [Sporting News]

Penn State commits react to College GameDay announcement, No. 2 ranking: Polak [Roar Lions Roar]

Penn State rises to No. 2 for first time since 1999 in latest polls: Pickel [PennLive]

Michigan football observations: Does John O’Korn start at Penn State?: Baumgardner [Detroit Free Press]

Penn State’s most targeted and reliable receivers at midseason: Callahan [Lions 247]

Sting factor: Penn State, Rivals250 DE Dorian Hardy part ways: Friedman [Rivals]

Midseason Report Card: Penn State’s offense: staff [Blue-White Illustrated]

How Week 7 upsets shook up the CFP race in each Power 5 conference: Dinich [ESPN]

Collecting new Top 25 rankings after college football’s first truly wild weekend: Moriarty [SB Nation]

Penn State recruiting: WR target Jake Smith talks new offer; Dorian Hardy no longer in class, per report: Donohue [Land of 10]

Penn State first half grades, and are the Lions too reliant on Saquon Barkley?: Sunday situation: Pickel [PennLive]

Penn State football’s Nick Scott thrives in role as backup safety, special teams player: Hirsh [Daily Collegian]

Week 8 college football lines, odds: Penn State a double-digit favorite vs. Michigan: Fornelli [Land of 10]

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First look: White Out visitors: Fitz [Lions 247]