For the second year in a row — and for the 36th time in 37 years — the Penn State football team received votes in the Associated Press preseason poll. The Nittany Lions garnered five votes, which ranks them 46th in the country.
The AP poll is comprised of 65 writers from all around the country. Each writer votes on his top 25 teams, and points are assigned accordingly. The No. 1 team gets 25 points, the No. 2 team gets 24, etc. Robert Cessna of the Bryan-College Station (Texas) Eagle voted Penn State No. 22, and Scott Wolf ranked the team No. 25.
The Big Ten has four teams in the preseason poll, with Ohio State leading the way at No. 5. Michigan State came in at No. 8, Wisconsin is ranked No. 14, and Nebraska is No. 22. Penn State only takes on two of these four: Ohio State on Oct. 25 in prime time, and Michigan State on Nov. 29. Luckily for the Nittany Lions, both games are at home. It’s season-opening opponent, UCF, is as close as can be to a ranking — the Knights got 94 votes, good for No. 26 in the country.
This makes the second straight year that Penn State starts the season with votes in the AP poll, as the 2013 team received two votes. This year’s team has also been slotted No. 56 in the USA Today preseason rankings. As of now, Penn State is ineligible for the College Football Playoff, which will issue its first rankings on Oct. 28.