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Penn State Receives Votes in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll

The Nittany Lions are inching closer to being ranked for the first time since 2012.

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In this week's editions of the Coaches Poll and AP Poll, Penn State received votes. They didn't receive enough votes to break into the top 25, but they are within striking distance of busting into that exclusive list next week.

In the Coaches Poll, the Nittany Lions received eight votes, making them the No. 34 ranked team in the country. In the AP Poll, they picked up five votes, but come in as the No. 31 ranked team.

In both polls, Penn State is ranked just behind next week's opponent, the Northwestern Wildcats. The Big Ten is well represented in both polls. In the Coaches Poll, Ohio State sits at No.1, Michigan State at No. 6, Iowa at No. 11 and Michigan at No. 17. Wisconsin also joined Northwestern in the "also receiving votes" section.

In the AP Poll, Ohio State stays at No.1, Michigan State at No. 6, Iowa at No. 10 and Michigan at No. 16, with Wisconsin and Northwestern once again receiving votes.

And just because we know Penn State fans will want to know, Penn State received more votes than Pitt in the AP Poll, but fewer votes than the Panthers in the Coaches Poll.

Do you think a win over the Wildcats next weekend would be enough to push the Nittany Lions into the top 25?

AP Coaches
1 Ohio State (39) Ohio State (48)
2 Baylor (6) Baylor (9)
3 Clemson (6) TCU (4)
4 LSU (5) LSU (1)
5 TCU (4) Clemson (2)
6 Michigan State Michigan State
7 Alabama (1) Alabama
8 Notre Dame Stanford
9 Stanford Notre Dame
10 Iowa Oklahoma State
11 Florida Iowa
12 Oklahoma State Florida
13 Utah Oklahoma
14 Oklahoma Utah
15 Memphis Florida State
16 Michigan Memphis
17 Florida State Michigan
18 Houston Houston
19 Ole Miss Ole Miss
20 Toledo Toledo
21 North Carolina North Carolina
23 Temple Temple
24 Mississippi State Texas A&M
25 Texas A&M Mississippi State