Penn State Football – Where do Nittany Lions fall in ESPN’s 2022 FPI?

Christian Veilleux #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Christian Veilleux #9 of the Penn State Nittany Lions (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Taking a look at the newly released College Football Power Rankings from ESPN to see how Penn State Football stacks up

Spring is finally here.

The temperature is starting to warm up (slightly), the grass is turning green, and it’s finally time for some College Football Power Rankings a full five months before the start of the season.

The Nittany Lions and their fans are just now gearing up for the always fun Blue-White weekend which is set to kick off next Saturday, April 23rd. With the Blue/White game slotted to begin at 2:00 p.m. EST.

So clearly it makes sense to release a national FPI Power Rankings when spring practice hasn’t even finished for the majority of the FBS teams.

Well, ESPN was happy to oblige.

So where does the Worldwide Leader in Sports have Penn State Football?

My guess is if I took a random poll of the Penn State Football faithful, they would have the Nittany Lions ranked anywhere from the 1st spot to somewhere around the 125th spot.

And their individual feelings on James Franklin would probably weigh heavily in their ranking.

But surprisingly, ESPN is kicking off the 2022 College Football season with some optimism towards the Nittany Lions.

ESPN has Penn State Football currently ranked 12th in their 2022 FPI Power Rankings and the third in the Big Ten. Behind Ohio State (No. 2) and Michigan (No. 7).

Hey, I’ll take that!

It will be very important for Penn State Football to show some improvement on their field this season. Because at some point, no matter how good you are when sitting in a recruit’s living room, it’s going to be incredibly hard to sell someone on a program which is only a few rungs above .500.

So hopefully these early rankings are an indication of things looking up in Happy Valley this fall.

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