PSU gets help with Louisville loss

The dominoes continue to fall in favor of Penn State, which is now yet another step closer to a potential College Football Playoff berth thanks to Louisville’s blowout loss at Houston.

Even if the No. 8 Nittany Lions, in their best-case scenario that includes another Michigan loss, go on to win the Big Ten championship game over Wisconsin to finish 11-2, Louisville still would have been a major obstacle to them getting into the CFP. The Cardinals now would seem to be out of the equation, leaving only one more team, Washington, as a potential problem for PSU (again, under the best-case scenario).

Washington is No. 6 and has regular-season games left against Arizona State and No. 22 Washington State. If the Huskies win out, they would play either No. 10 Colorado, No. 12 Utah or No. 13 USC in the Pac-12 title game. If Washington were to lose one more time, there would seem to be nothing standing in the way of an 11-2 PSU team to reach the playoff.

Furthermore, Washington played the worst non-conference schedule in the country, and its best win is over Utah. There’s a chance that if PSU finishes 11-2 with wins over No. 2 Ohio State and No. 7 Wisconsin, the Lions might be picked over a one-loss Washington team based on the strength of their wins.