James Franklin isn't concerned with the College Football Playoff rankings
Coaches often say that they don’t read the newspapers or websites and they avoid the media. They don’t want to get caught up in the rankings, projections and all the other talk that happens on the field.
But most would be lying if they said they weren’t at least keeping an eye on the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night.
Well, James Franklin heard about his team’s ranking after the polls were released and didn’t seem to care about Penn State’s No. 12 spot. Or he’s at least giving off the perception that the Nittany Lions’ current ranking doesn’t matter.
Shortly after the poll was released, Franklin tweeted this out from his official Twitter account:
All that matters is Iowa, Iowa, Iowa! We NEED the stadium sold out & rocking on Sat night! #107kStrong will make a huge impact on the game
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) November 2, 2016
On Monday and Tuesday, several questions have been asked to Franklin about the team’s turnaround and potential B1G title hopes. Each times, he’s redirected the focus to this weekend’s game with cross-division rival Iowa.
Saturday’s game with the Hawkeyes was important prior to the rankings but now, a win could potentially catapult Penn State into the top 10 next week if things fall in the right places.
I’m sure Franklin won’t be worried about that, either.