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Penn State Football: AP Poll Ranks Nittany Lions At No.6

by on August 21, 2017 12:00 PM

Penn State is ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Poll released Monday afternoon. The Nittany Lions are now ranked in the Top 10 by both major polls, as USA Today placed Penn State at No. 6 in the Coaches Poll earlier this month.

The ranking marks Penn State's first in the preseason AP Poll since 2010 when the Nittany Lions started the season at No. 19, finishing the year unranked with a 7-6. 2009 was the last time Penn State was ranked in the Top 10 coming in at No. 9 and finishing at 11-2.

This is Penn State's highest preseason ranking since 1999, when the Nittany Lions were tabbed No. 3.

All told a Top 10 preseason ranking in the AP Poll has often yielded good results for the Nittany Lions as columnist Mike Poorman pointed out earlier this month.

The Big Ten has three teams in the top 10 and four overall in the top 25. Ohio State comes in at No. 2, followed by Penn State at 6, Wisconsin at No. 9 and Michigan at No. 11.

As in the Coaches Poll, Alabama is No. 1 to start the season.

Penn State is set to start the 2017 season in just two weeks as the Nittany Lions take on Akron at noon on Sept. 2.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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