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Penn State Ranked No. 7 in Final AP Poll

Well, that’s BS.

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The final AP College Football Poll was released this morning. Penn State came in at at No. 7.

While we’re obviously happy for Penn State following a fantastic season, the ranking seems a bit ridiculous.

While Clemson and Alabama are the runaway 1-2, and USC is the logical three, things get a bit murky from there. Washington sits at No. 4 having scored just seven points on Alabama after many thought they didn’t even belong in the game.

Oklahoma somehow jumps to No. 5 because they beat a bad, 8-5 Auburn team that had no business anywhere near one of the NY6 bowls. OSU remains above PSU at No. 6 despite looking utterly terrible and not scoring a point against Clemson and having lost to PSU and not won their conference in earlier in the year.

And then we finally get to Penn State at No. 7. Finishing in the top-10 of the AP Poll is nothing short of a fantastic season for James Franklin and Co. Nobody could’ve seen this year coming and it was an absolute whirlwind ride. The team took us through incredible peaks and valleys and we at BSD can’t wait to see what the future holds for a still-young team.

The Big Ten had four teams in the top 25 - all in the top ten. In addition to the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions, Wisconsin came in at number 9, and Michigan at number 10.

Full AP Poll:

Update: we aren’t the only ones to think that Penn State’s final slotting is a bit head-scratching...