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Penn State Football Ranked No. 7 In Preseason AP Top 25

There won’t be any Penn State football this fall, but the Nittany Lions still managed to slide in at No. 7 in the first AP Top 25 poll of the 2020 college football season.

This is now the fourth consecutive year Penn State has been ranked in the preseason AP Top 25. The Nittany Lions entered last year’s poll at No. 15 and finished the season at No. 9 after an 11-2 campaign capped off with a victory in the Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Big Ten announced earlier this month that all fall sports would be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite anger from parents and players, Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren set the record straight last week and stated that the conference’s leadership was “overwhelmingly in support” of postponing fall sports, including football.

While it won’t have any football, the Big Ten still had five teams alongside Penn State listed in the preseason AP Top 25, including Ohio State (No. 2), Wisconsin (No. 12), Michigan (No. 16), Minnesota (No. 19), and Iowa (No. 24).

It’s unclear when fans will see Penn State football play another game, but Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour and head coach James Franklin have both expressed interest in a spring season. Franklin has stated that he’d like to see a spring season played as early as possible, while Barbour explained that Penn State Athletics has already put together a “compelling plan” for a later season.

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Will Pegler

Will is a senior majoring in digital and print journalism and is an associate editor for Onward State. He is from Darien, Connecticut and is a lifelong Penn State football fan. He loves a good 80's comedy movie, Peaky Blinders, The Office, and the New York Yankees and Giants. You can catch some of his ridiculous sports takes on his Twitter @gritdude and yell at him on his email [email protected]

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