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Penn State Football Finishes At No. 5 For Strength Of Wins In 2016

Penn State’s football season was full of memorable moments; the originally unranked Nittany Lions finished out their season with a shootout in the Rose Bowl and a No. 7 ranking in the final AP Poll. The hoopla is over, so it’s time to look back and analyze every detail we can to get a sense of exactly how great the season really was.

The statistics for this breakdown — courtesy of Phil Steele — analyze strength of wins against FBS opponents and the wins those opponents had themselves as of January 9.

Penn State had 11 wins in the 2016 football season against FBS teams. The 11 teams Penn State beat had a combined 72 wins in the season, placing the Nittany Lions at No. 5 in the country for strength of wins by this approach. Clemson tops the chart, with the opponents it beat having a combined 112 wins. Only four teams in the FBS had more wins than Penn State did this season — Western Michigan (13), Washington (12), Alabama (14), and Clemson (14). An interesting statistic for comparing strength of wins is actually losses. Teams Penn State lost to finished the year with 11 total losses — good for No. 13 in the nation.

Chris Godwin Penn State Footbal vs. Ohio State 2016

Penn State heads into the 2017 season ranked in the top ten for the first time years. Couple Penn State’s resurgence with the overall strength of the Big Ten, and you’ve got can’t-miss football — the only Big Ten team that outranks Penn State is Ohio State. With most players returning and continued stellar recruiting from James Franklin and his staff, the future looks bright in Happy Valley.

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James Turchick

James is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism, James enjoys writing about anything weird and is deadly allergic to bees. Onward State people are very nice to him.

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