Penn State strikes up in AP Top 25 ratings
Following a Saturday that featured a couple of high-profile upsets and several other scares, an up to date Associated Press Top 25 school soccer ballot displays primary adjustments. The Week 3 nationwide ratings, printed Sunday afternoon, are outlined via shifting portions, and Penn State were given a slight bump at 2-0
The Nittany Lions climb from No. 11 to No. 10 — 3rd amongst Big Ten techniques — after pounding Ball State on Saturday afternoon.
Penn State scored on each and every of its first 3 possessions, development a 17-3 benefit, then entered halftime forward 24-6, and buried Ball State when Jesse Luketa returned an interception for a landing all through the 3rd quarter. The Nittany Lions totaled just about 500 yards and didn’t give up a landing till a number of in their staters had been gazing the motion past due.
“I thought we were very efficient on offense, especially early on in the game,” Penn State head trainer James Franklin mentioned later on. “I thought late we were able to get the running game going. We protected the quarterback early on well. … We continue to get turnovers on defense. … We protected the football on offense; we had no turnovers on offense. So a lot of good things.”
The Nittany Lions have gained six consecutive contests relationship again to closing November, rebounding into nationwide ratings alongside the best way. Penn State opened at No. 19 within the preseason AP Top 25 ballot, then jumped to No. 11 following a 16-10 win at Wisconsin in Week 1.
After spending 4 complete years within the AP Top 25, relationship again to October 2016, Penn State had constructed a streak of weekly appearances bested via most effective Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State. That span got here to an result in 2020 all through the Nittany Lions’ disastrous get started.
This newest version of the AP Top 25 is once more led via reigning nationwide champion Alabama, whilst Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Iowa spherical out the highest 5.
Ohio State slid from No. 3 to No. 9 after dropping to Oregon, 35-28, in its house opener. Iowa now leads all Big Ten groups after beating Iowa State in a top-10 struggle. Both Iowa and Ohio State will welcome Penn State to campus in October.
Before the ones highway demanding situations, the Nittany Lions will stumble upon a top-25 opponent subsequent Saturday when SEC foe Auburn involves the city. ESPN’s College GameDay will arrange store in Happy Valley forward of a Saturday evening “White Out” showdown towards the Tigers, who rose from No. 25 to No. 22 after beating Alabama State, 62-0.
“We obviously have a huge game next week and we are going to need this place rocking,” Franklin mentioned. “All the season ticket holders — if you are not using your tickets, make sure someone is sitting in your seats because we need this place rocking. That’s going to be very, very important.”
Beyond Iowa, Ohio State, and Penn State, Big Ten illustration within the AP Top 25 comprises Wisconsin (No. 18) and Michigan (No. 25), who Penn State will host Nov. 13.