Monday, March 2, 2015

AP Top 25 Ballot

Just e-mailed my Associated Press Top 25 ballot in for this week's poll and it's amazing that I had to move Penn State up three spots even though it didn't prove much blasting a cream puff like Coastal Carolina. Nevertheless, that's the way these early-season polls play out. If you want to project, there's a good chance the Lions will be ranked near the top ten by the time the non-conference portion of their schedule is over. Because let's face it, Syracuse and Temple should be walkovers and I'm starting the get the sneaky suspicion that Oregon State isn't going to pose much of a threat. That's why the polls shouldn't start until conference play begins. That's when the contenders and pretenders are unmasked. Here's my Top 25 in its entirety. The full poll will probably be released sometime this afternoon.

AP Top 25 Ballot

Just e-mailed my Associated Press Top 25 ballot in for this week's poll and it's amazing that I had to move Penn State up three spots even though it didn't prove much blasting a cream puff like Coastal Carolina. Nevertheless, that's the way these early-season polls play out. If you want to project, there's a good chance the Lions will be ranked near the top ten by the time the non-conference portion of their schedule is over. Because let's face it, Syracuse and Temple should be walkovers and I'm starting the get the sneaky suspicion that Oregon State isn't going to pose much of a threat. That's why the polls shouldn't start until conference play begins. That's when the contenders and pretenders are unmasked. Here's my Top 25 in its entirety. The full poll will probably be released sometime this afternoon.

1. Southern Cal (1-0)
2. Ohio State (1-0)
3. Florida (1-0)
4. Oklahoma (1-0)
5. Georgia (1-0)
6. Missouri (1-0)
7. Auburn (1-0)
8. Arizona State (1-0)
9. West Virginia (1-0)
10. Texas Tech (1-0)
11. BYU (1-0)
12. LSU (1-0)
13. Texas (1-0)
14. Alabama (1-0)
15. Wisconsin (1-0)
16. South Florida (1-0)
17. Kansas (1-0)
18. Oregon (1-0)
19. Penn State (1-0)
20. Clemson (0-1)
21. Fresno State (1-0)
22. Wake Forest (1-0)
23. South Carolina (1-0)
24. Utah (1-0)
25. Illinois (0-1)

 


About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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