Penn State vs. Northwestern: What to Root for This Weekend

The BCS rankings were released Sunday evening, with Penn State being ranked 21st in the initial standings.

Penn State was one of six Big Ten teams in the BCS top 25, with Wisconsin leading the conference at No. 6. With the Nittany Lions sitting at 6-1 as they prepare for a night game at Northwestern this week, the bowl picture can officially start to be discussed.

Can Penn State reach a BCS game? Sure, but they have plenty of work to do and may need a little help along the way.

The simplest way to reach the BCS is by winning the Big Ten's automatic bid.