Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Penn State left out of AP Top 25

Penn State was left out of the AP preseason Top 25, which was released Saturday, for the first time since 2005. The Nittany Lions received the second-most votes (75) outside the Top 25.

Penn State left out of AP Top 25


Penn State was left out of the AP preseason Top 25 for the first time since 2005. The Nittany Lions received the second-most votes (75) outside the Top 25.

Oklahoma is No. 1, while Alabama, Oregon, LSU and Boise State round out the top five, respectively.

Tenth-ranked Nebraska is the highest-ranked team from the Big Ten. Wisconsin is right behind at No. 11, while Michigan State is No. 17 and Ohio State is No. 18.

Penn State’s schedule features four ranked opponents, highlighted by No. 2 Alabama. The Lions also play the Cornhuskers, Badgers and Buckeyes.

Penn State checked in at No. 25 in the USA TODAY preseason coaches poll released earlier this month. 

Last year, the Nittany Lions were ranked 19th in the AP preseason poll and finished 7-6. Being unranked to start the season could be a good omen for them. In 2005, they went 11-1 and won the Orange Bowl.

--Jake Kaplan

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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