MADISON, Wis. -- It was a late night last night here in the midwest, but Penn State made a Statement (with a capital "S") by throttling Wisconsin, 48-7. With three of the top five teams in the nation falling, the Nittany Lions will likely move up to No. 3 in the national rankings. I'm doing my Associated Press ballot in a bit and will have it here as soon as I'm finished. If Penn State is No. 3, it will be its highest ranking since the end of the 2005 season.
The Lions are also 7-0 for the first time since 1999. That team went 9-0 before losing the final three games of the season. Penn State has to now think a run of the table, a Big Ten title and a spot in the national championship are all possible.
In another subplot, coach Joe Paterno coached from the press box for the second straight game and is now getting around with the aid of a cane.