Penn State not ranked in AP Top 25 Poll, receives 18 votes

A five-game winning streak is good, but what will it take for the Nittany Lions to be ranked in the AP Top 25 poll?

Six wins in a row.

Penn State is unranked in the latest AP poll, though Bill O'Brien's streaking Lions almost cracked the top 25 after their 38-14 dismantling of Iowa on Saturday.

Penn State (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) received a season-high 18 votes, positioning themselves in 31st place. Penn State received one vote last week.

Should the Lions defeat their next opponent -- undefeated and No. 9 Ohio State -- they would likely be ranked next week. The Buckeyes are only one of two Big Ten teams ranked. Michigan is No. 20.

Meanwhile Penn State's first opponent, Ohio University, is ranked No. 23 this week. The Lions fell to Ohio in the season-opener, prompting many fans to fret Penn State's season would spiral out of control.

-Emily Kaplan