It’s that time of year where college football previews start to hit magazine stands, signaling the light at the end of the tunnel until the start of a brand new season. Ahead of its upcoming publication, Athlon Sports released its preseason top 25 on Monday, ranking Penn State at #11 heading into the 2018 season.
Athlon ranked three Big Ten foes ahead of the Nittany Lions, with Ohio State (#4) and Michigan (#5) rounding out the top five, and Wisconsin at #9. Michigan State came in one spot behind Penn State at #12. All five of the Big Ten’s ranked teams were included in the top 12. Outside of the aforementioned Big Ten teams, no other Penn State opponent is listed in the preseason rankings.
Of note, Mississippi State, which is now lead by former Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, comes in at #14. Defending national champions Alabama enter the season at #1, followed by Clemson and Georgia.