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Penn State Football Remains Ranked No. 7 In AP Poll

Consistency is key.

Penn State football was ranked No. 7 in the latest AP Poll, the Associated Press announced Sunday. The Nittany Lions have been ranked No. 7 since the first preseason poll more than a month ago.

The Nittany Lions most recently defeated Illinois Saturday, taking down the Fighting Illini 30-13 in Champaign, Illinois. Penn State’s defense forced five turnovers against Illinois, including four interceptions.

Before that, Penn State defeated Delaware 63-7 in a rout at Beaver Stadium after taking down West Virginia 38-18. The Nittany Lions averaged attendance of more than 109,000 between the two games.

Penn State was one of four Big Ten teams to earn a ranking in the poll. Michigan (No. 2) and Ohio State (No. 6) were both ranked ahead of the Nittany Lions, while Iowa (No. 25) was the only other ranked conference rival.

James Franklin and Co. remained ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, too. Michigan (No. 2), Ohio State (No. 4), and Iowa (No. 24) each fell into the top 25 of the poll as well.

Penn State’s most difficult opponent yet comes into Beaver Stadium in less than a week, when Iowa will play in the Nittany Lions’ White Out game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 23. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

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Joe Lister

Joe is a junior journalism major at Penn State and an associate editor at Onward State. He covers Penn State football, and enjoys yelling on Twitter about Philadelphia/Penn State sports. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. Please direct all praise about punters toward him on Twitter (iamjoelister) or via email ([email protected]).

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