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Penn State Football Falls Out Of AP Top 25 Poll

Penn State is officially an unranked football team.

The Nittany Lions fell out of this week’s AP Top 25 poll after dropping their second game of the season to No. 3 Ohio State. The Nittany Lions simply couldn’t hang with a dominant Buckeyes offense and lost 38-25 at Beaver Stadium Saturday night.

Not including the poll that didn’t include the Big Ten due to its delayed start, this is the first week that the Nittany Lions have been unranked since October 2016. Penn State was ranked in every AP Poll dating back to its miraculous White Out upset over then-No. 2 Ohio State on October 22, 2016.

Four other Big Ten teams were included in this week’s poll, including Ohio State (No. 3), Wisconsin (No. 10), Indiana (No. 13), and Michigan (No. 23). Those teams were also included in USA Today’s Coaches Poll: Ohio State (No. 3), Wisconsin (No. 11), Indiana (No. 13), and Michigan (No. 25)

In addition to its first unranked week in about four years, this is Penn State’s first 0-2 start since 2012. In his first year as the head coach, Bill O’Brien’s squad fell to Ohio in the season opener and then lost in a heartbreaker to UVA on the road. The Nittany Lions went on to win five straight games after those ugly defeats, and finished with an 8-4 record. O’Brien went on to be named that year’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year.

This year’s squad will try to turn things around against Maryland at home next week. That game will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, November 7 and be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

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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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