Penn State Just Outside Of AP Top 25

A strong start should allow the Nittany Lions to vault back into the rankings for the first time since all hell was breaking loose in Happy Valley.

The Associated Press Preseason Top 25 was released Sunday, and Penn State did not make the cut. However, the Nittany Lions, who are coming off a 7-6 season, did find themselves among the others receiving votes.

James Franklin's team received 20 points in the poll, which was good for 31st place.

The Nittany Lions have not been ranked in the AP Top 25 since the end of the 2011 regular season, when they checked in a No. 24. They fell out of the poll after being routed by Houston in the Bowl.

Outside of the top five, the Big Ten did not receive much love in the poll.

Defending national champ Ohio State received all 61 first-place votes in the 2015 preseason poll, the first time in the history of the poll any team did that. The Lions visit the Buckeyes Oct. 17.

Michigan State checks in at No. 5 in the poll. Penn State travels to East Lansing to close the regular season (Nov. 28).

No other Nittany Lion opponents are ranked. The only other Big Ten team in the Top 25 is Wisconsin, which checks in at No. 20.

Nebraska (six points) and Michigan (two points) are also receiving votes.

In 2014, Penn State was 45th in the preseason poll with five points.

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