UPDATED - Pittsburgh Tribune Writer Jerry DiPaola Ranks Pitt No. 17 in AP Poll, Doesn't Rank Penn State

By Nick Polak on September 27, 2020 at 5:08 pm
Sep 14, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions running back Noah Cain (21) scores a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the third quarter at Beaver Stadium.
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*Update: Jerry DiPaola reached out to Roar Lions Roar to explain his week three rankings.

"I feel I should explain what happened Sunday with my AP ballot. I am seriously ashamed. No excuses. I just forgot about Penn State and Wisconsin. When I saw those schools in the actual rankings, it was like a kick in the stomach. Now, it's fair to ask how that happens, and I'll be honest. I always check, double-check and triple-check my ballot against last week's rankings before I submit it. Believe it or not, I stay up late watching the West Coast games Saturday night to get a good sense of all the teams. Of course, there were no Big Ten teams in the rankings last week, so a couple of them fell through the cracks. I literally didn't think it through. Of course, Penn State would have been in my Top 10 and Wisconsin in my top 20. I have great respect for both programs. I was not trying to disparage anyone or any team. Bad mistake, but an honest one."

We here at Roar Lions Roar appreciate Jerry reaching out, and wish he and his Panthers all the best the rest of the way.


Jerry DiPaola, the Pitt beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, is a regular voter in AP Poll for college football.

Jerry DiPaola tweeted that his rankings this week were going to be his most interesting September rankings ever.

Jerry DiPaola ranked Pitt at No. 17.

Jerry DiPaola ranked Ohio State at No. 3. He ranked Oregon No. 9, and USC No. 22 as well. None of those teams have played a game

Jerry DiPaola didn't rank Penn State. The Lions have also not played a game.

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