Did Penn State get respect from the coaches in the preseason poll?
Thursday represented the release of the preseason Amway Coaches Poll for college football. The poll highlights the supposed best 25 teams heading into the new season. Coming off a strong showing last season, it was expected that Penn State would land somewhere in the poll. Just where that landing spot would be has been a topic of interest during the offseason.
Nittany Lion fans may feel a bit slighted, but the team still came in at a very good position to begin the year. Penn State is ranked No. 6 in the first poll of the year.
Alabama topped the list, followed by Ohio State and Florida State. USC, the team Penn State lost to in the Rose Bowl, and defending champion Clemson round out the top five. Washington is at No. 7 and Oklahoma is No. 8.
The Big Ten is well-represented in the poll, with four conference members ranked inside of the top 10. Michigan is at nine and Wisconsin is at 10.
You can check out the entire poll here.
Penn State enters the new season with sky-high expectations after finishing 11-3 last year and winning the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions nearly pulled off an epic comeback during the loss to the Trojans in the Rose Bowl.
Last season, the Nittany Lions ended ranked No. 7 in the nation.
45 lettermen and 18 starters return this season, including superstar offensive weapons Trace McSorley, Saquon Barkley, and Mike Gesicki. Under the direction of offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, the Nittany Lions should once again have one of the most potent offenses in the country.
The ranking is Penn State’s highest to begin a season since 1999.