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Penn State Ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll

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Penn State is ranked for the first time since 2011

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For the first time since the close of the 2011 season, the Penn State Nittany Lions are a ranked football team. After taking down #2 Ohio State 24-21, the previously unranked Lions leaped into the rankings, clocking in at #24 in the Associated Press poll. Penn State also jumped in votes received in the Coaches poll (80 votes) without making it into the rankings.

Penn State joins #2 Michigan, #7 Nebraska, #6 Ohio State, and #11 Wisconsin as the Big Ten’s representatives in the top 25. The rest of this season’s schedule sets up nicely for Penn State, who should be favored in their remaining games. Given that this was supposed to be another rebuilding year as the team climbs out of the sanctions, a statement victory over perennial powerhouse Ohio State helps to paint a rosy picture for the rest of this season, as well as seasons to come.

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