Penn State Checks in at No. 16 In Sports Illustrated's Preseason Top 25

By Matthew Filipovits on August 7, 2019 at 9:30 am
Sep 29, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of Beaver Stadium during the fourth quarter between Ohio State Buckeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports
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The preseason polls continue to roll in, with the Nittany Lions checking in at No. 16 on Sports Illustrated's top 25 rankings.

With just one player on their top-100 players of 2019, SI is hinging Penn State's season on James Franklin's younger recruiting class.

Last season, Penn State took a step back after losing Saquon Barkley. To avoid a similar fate in 2019 after Trace McSorley’s departure, coach James Franklin will lean on his 13th-ranked recruiting class.

This is very consistent with where we've seen Penn State slotted over the past few days. The Coaches Poll had the Nittany Lions at No. 14, while ESPN had James Franklin's team in the No. 15 slot.

Sports Illustrated's complete ranking is as follows:

Rank Team
1 Alabama
2 Clemson
3 Georgia
4 Oklahoma
5 Texas
6 Ohio State
7 Notre Dame
8 LSU
9 Oregon
10 Florida
11 Michigan
12 Washington
13 Texas A&M
14 Utah
15 UCF
16 Penn State
17 Auburn
18 Iowa
19 Wisconsin
20 Mississippi State
21 Michigan State
22 Virginia Tech
23 Iowa State
24 Nebraska
25 Stanford
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