Tuesday, July 7, 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

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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 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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