Nittany Lions Fall in Post-Spring Top 25 Rankings

By Matthew Filipovits on May 1, 2019 at 8:43 am
Apr 21, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Sean Clifford (14) throws a pass during a warm up practice prior to the Blue White spring game at Beaver Stadium. The Blue team defeated the White team 21-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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With spring ball officially in the books all around the country, teams are starting to find their identity. Players have a better idea of their roles, guys are starting to transfer, and new systems have already begun being put into place.

After being hit hard by the Transfer Portal, the Nittany Lions are going to look a lot different than we thought they would when the season ended. That much attrition has changed the way some experts see the Nittany Lions heading into 2019. Let's take a look at where Penn State fell in some Post-Spring Top 25 polls. 

SPorting news - No. 12

This seems just right. When you factor in all the talent they lost and all the new faces that are coming in, the 10-15 range is about where they should be.

The athletic ($) - No. 9

Athletic writer Stewart Mandel has the Nittany Lions at No. 9, the highest of any ranking on this list. 

USA Today - No. 21

Let's follow the highest ranking with the lowest one, shall we? They cite losing Stevens as the main factor for the drop from the No. 19 slot they had them at earlier in the offseason. 21 feels astonishingly low, but USA Today was not high on Penn State prior to Stevens transferring.

CBS Sports - No. 20

Like USA Today, CBS' main concerns stem from Stevens leaving. I just have a hard time seeing them ranked behind the likes of Army and Nebraska. 

Where would you have Penn State ranked? Let us know in the comments!

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