Not so much according to the College Football Playoff committee, which slotted unbeaten Minnesota No. 17, behind six two-loss teams. This was a team that barely beat South Dakota State, Fresno State and Georgia Southern before beating up on the Big Ten's worst teams. The Nittany Lions' defense also went to Minneapolis giving up an average of only 9.6 points per game, which was second in the country to Ohio State.
This is the most-anticipated game at Minnesota since October 10, 2003, when the 17th-ranked Gophers lost 38-35 at the Metrodome to 20th-ranked MI.
Most of those were to Bateman, who made seven scene-stealing catches for 203 yards and a touchdown.More news: Apple's new privacy pages are easier to read and look way better
It was a 66-yard catch-and-run touchdown from Bateman that opened the scoring for the Gophers.
In the meantime, Minnesota has not faced a workforce of Penn State's caliber but this season. Minnesota led 31-19 with 14:11 left in the game.
Penn State bent but didn't break on the Gophers' next possession, as it held them to a 26-yard field goal. Penn State cut the lead to 31-26 with 3:49 to play and got the ball back after forcing a three-and-out. The Golden Gophers not only have a 10-game winning streak that's the program's longest since the early 1940s, but they have a two-game lead on Iowa and Wisconsin in the West Division with those teams playing each other on Saturday. A few plays later, Clifford tossed his third interception of the game - this time in the end zone - to seal the upset victory for the Gophers.More news: Champions League: Leverkusen boss Bosz hoping for a Champions League miracle
Penn State's defense could do little to slow down Tanner Morgan and the rest of the Gophers' offense.
Penn State could fall behind Minnesota, which will certainly climb into the top 10 when the next rankings come out on Sunday.More news: Deadly clashes erupt in Iraq despite call for calm