Penn State Ranks No. 10 On ESPN’s ‘Bluebloods’ List
When you think of the titans of the college football universe, plenty of recognizable names come to mind. Alabama, Notre Dame, USC, etc. But Penn State always comes up in the same conversation — and that’s no mistake. The Nittany Lions have always been considered one of the premier names in college football, a notion ESPN also agrees with.
The World Leader in Sports compiled a list of the nation’s “Blueblood programs” aided by 12 of its staff writers. The group rated each FBS program on a 10 point scale, using the number of total national championships and Heisman Trophy winners as criteria.
A five-way tie for first place sat atop the list, with Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and USC sharing the crown. Michigan, Texas, Nebraska, and LSU all filed in before the Nittany Lions found a spot at No. 10 — ahead of Miami, Florida State, and Auburn among the . Here’s what the group had to say about Penn State:
Penn State owns two titles but hasn’t won one since 1986. The Nittany Lions still rank in the top 10 in winning percentage with an overall record of 856-382 (.685). Their lone Heisman Trophy belongs to running back John Cappelletti (1973).
The Lions’ lack of a recent title certainly hurt their final score, along with Cappelletti’s Heisman coming long ago — although a certain Nittany Lion currently on the roster has a chance to buck the trend and potentially boost the program’s ranking. Who said we can’t dream?
Losing out to Eric Crouch and Nebraska might sting, but a spot in the top-10 cements the school’s status as one of the most influential programs in the sport’s history. Also, for good measure, Pitt finished well below the Nittany Lions outside of the top-25, coming in at No. 26.