Penn State has done exactly what many expected in going 5-0 to open the season. With the schedule set to ramp up starting this weekend against Iowa in Kinnick Stadium, we wanted to reach out to a few AP Poll voters to get their take on the Nittany Lions heading into this critical stretch.
While we weren't able to catch up with the quartet of voters we spoke with back in August, we did get in touch with a pair of voters that have the Nittany Lions ranked towards the two extremes in the latest AP Poll.
Jim Holder, WTVA-Tulpelo (Satillo, MS) - Penn State No. 8
For me, it’s pretty simple. Penn State has been dominant in most of its games so far. The only close one has been Pittsburgh, and that win is looking better each week.
James Kratch, NJ.com/The Star Ledger (Iselin, NJ) - Penn State No. 13
When I sit down to put together my ballot each week, I ask myself these questions about each program in consideration: Who have they beat? What head-to-head results do they have? What does the eye test say? I have had Penn State ranked lower than many other pollsters this season mainly because of the first two metrics. The Nittany Lions have looked very good this fall and that has pushed them up to No. 13 on my ballot, but the teams ahead of them all have better wins. Some of the teams below them, too. Their schedule has not been strong so far, but obviously that is about to change given the upcoming stretch of games. One other thing I want to note: I do not have any issue with moving teams up due to quality losses. It’s entirely possible Penn State splits its next two games with Iowa and Michigan and ends up ranked higher on my ballot when it’s done.
Thanks to both Jim and James for taking the time to share their thoughts.