Predicting where Penn State lands in AP Poll rankings | Week 5

Where will Penn State land in the AP Top 25 rankings after Week 5 of College Football?

James Franklin and the Penn State Nittany Lions haven’t begun their Big Ten schedule yet, won’t kickoff until Oct. 24 against Indiana, but could be moving up the rankings after a Saturday slate that featured several upsets and top-ranked teams going down.

Even without All-American linebacker Micah Parsons, the Nittany Lions have yet to reach the College Football Playoff, but are positioned in the rankings to make a push for the program’s first berth if they handle their business during the season.

Penn State entered Week 5 of the college football season ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, but stand to benefit from Georgia’s blowout victory over Auburn and the Texas Longhorns falling to unranked TCU.

So, how far will the Nittany Lions climb this week, despite having not playing a game yet?

Each week, Victory Bell Rings will predict how the top-25 rankings will look when they are released on Sunday. Here’s our prediction of where Penn State will open the week ranked:

  1. Clemson Tigers
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Georgia Bulldogs
  4. Florida Gators
  5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes
  7. Miami Hurricanes
  8. Penn State Nittany Lions
  9. North Carolina Tarheels
  10. Cincinnati Bearcats
  11. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  12. BYU Cougars
  13. LSU Tigers
  14. Auburn Tigers
  15. Texas A&M Aggies
  16. Tennessee Volunteers
  17. Texas Longhorns
  18. Oregon Ducks
  19. Wisconsin Badgers
  20. Michigan Wolverines
  21. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes
  22. Arkansas Razorbacks
  23. Iowa State Cyclones
  24. UCF Knights
  25. Mississippi State Bulldogs