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Penn State Football Unranked in USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on during the game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on October 30, 2021.(Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire)

The preseason USA Today coaches poll has been released, and Penn State is not in the top 25.

Penn State was second among others receiving votes, with 246. The only team that had more was another Big Ten team school, Iowa, which received 248 votes.

Although this undoubtedly annoys Penn State fans, it shouldn’t come as a shock. James Franklin’s team has struggled over the past two seasons, with a combined record of 11-11 over its past 22 games.

Four Big Ten teams— three from the Big Ten East— show up in the rankings, led by Ohio State.

Coach Ryan Day’s team comes in a at No. 2, behind Alabama, and got five first place votes, behind only Alabama (64) and Georgia (6).

Ohio State comes to Happy Valley Sept. 29, which will be the first time it’ll play in front of a packed Beaver Stadium crowd since 2018.

Penn State last hosted Ohio State in 2020, but the game had to be played in a largely empty stadium due to COVID-19.

The next highest-ranked Big Ten team is defending conference champion Michigan, which comes in at No. 6.

Penn State plays Michigan in Ann Arbor Oct. 15.

Another Big Ten team from Michigan is in the top 15. Michigan State, which comes to Beaver Stadium for the regular season finale Nov. 27, is ranked No. 14.

The last Big Ten team in the top 25 is No. 20 Wisconsin. Coach Paul Chryst’s squad is the only ranked school from the Big Ten West, and thus the only one of the Big Ten’s ranked teams that Penn State doesn’t have on the schedule.

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