Nittany Lions Back in Top 25

Talk about making a statement. After back-to-back losing seasons and a three-year hiatus from the Associated Press Top 25, Penn State used a 44-14 win over then-No. 18 Minnesota Saturday to explode back into the poll.

The 5-0 Nittany Lions, riding the nation's third-longest winning streak (seven games), went from the others-receiving-votes list to No. 16 after pounding the Golden Gophers, a game that was seen by a regional audience on ABC.

It marks the first time PSU has been ranked since carrying the No. 25 spot in the coaches' poll into what would be a home loss to Boston College in 2003. The Nittany Lions check in at No. 18 in the coaches' polls this week.

Penn State's prize for cracking he Top 25? A home date with 3-1 Ohio State, which is ranked No. 6 in both polls after enjoying a bye over the weekend.

After crushing Minnesota, which dropped to 4-1 and out of both polls, Nittany Lion senior quarterback and team captain Michael Robinson felt the win might earn his team a bit of respect. But he also realized PSU could not get too full of itself with the Buckeyes coming to town.

“Hopefully this gives us some confidence,” Robinson said. “Hopefully we made a bit of a statement. … But [Ohio State] is a great football team. We definitely have to bring our 'A' game. I think it's going to be exciting.”

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