Penn State picked No. 6 in AP Top 25 poll

Ruben Hill
August 23, 2017

It was the Nittany Lions' first appearance in the AP preseason poll since 2010, when they opened the season at No. 19, and the highest preseason AP ranking for Penn State since 2009.

Coach James Franklin's transition from hunters to hunted took another big step Monday, when the Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll slotted the defending Big Ten champions as No. 6 nationally. Penn State is ranked in the preseason AP top 10 for the 24th time in program history. Until then, it's the flawless time to continue to preview the upcoming season for the Nittany Lions.

It was previously announced that Penn State was ranked No. 6 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

The Nittany Lions won the Big Ten championship last year, and return a number of key players this year, including Heisman hopeful and Whitehall grad Saquon Barkley at running back.

Penn State's major competition in the Big Ten - unsurprisingly - will beat Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions open the season against Akron (Sept. 2; noon) and face Pitt (Sept. 9; 3:30 p.m.) and Georgia State (Sept. 16; 7:30 p.m.) in a three-game homestand to start the year. More than 9,000 new season tickets have been sold and the season ticket allotment for 2017 has been exhausted.

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