Penn State Ranked 7th in Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

By Dan Vecellio on August 6, 2020 at 3:16 pm
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If the 2020 college football season does indeed happen, expectations will be high for Penn State according to the nation's coaches as the Nittany Lions were ranked seventh in the initial USA Today Coaches Poll which was released on Thursday. 

It is the Lions' highest ranking in the preseason Coaches Poll since they were ranked sixth before the 2017 season. 

Penn State is one of six teams from the Big Ten ranked before the season. Ohio State, fresh off of last year's College Football Playoff appearance, is the highest-ranked team in the conference, coming in at #2 right behind national runner-up Clemson. Outside of the top ten, Wisconsin is ranked #12, Michigan is #15, Minnesota is #18, and Iowa is #23. Cancelled 2020 opponent Virginia Tech comes in at #24. 

The full rankings list can be found below:

Ranking Team
1 Clemson
2 Ohio State
3 Alabama
4 Georgia
6 Oklahoma
7 Penn State
8 Florida
9 Oregon
10 Notre Dame
11 Auburn
12 Wisconsin
13 Texas A&M
14 Texas
15 Michigan
16 Oklahoma State
17 USC
18 Minnesota
19 North Carolina
20 Utah
21 UCF
22 Cincinnati
23 Iowa
24 Virginia Tech
25 Iowa State
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