Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Rise in Polls After Dominating Performance Over Iowa
After another big win Saturday night the Penn State Nittany Lions have jumped up in the polls.
Currently riding five-game win streak, Penn State has continued its rise in the polls after a dominating performance Saturday night. The Nittany Lions jumped all over the Iowa Hawkeyes and came away with a 41-14 victory.
In the latest polls released Sunday afternoon Penn State has risen sharply from last week.
The Associated Press Poll has the Nittany Lions sitting at No. 12. That’s up from the No. 20 ranking they had last week. The USA TODAY Coaches Poll, which had the Nittany Lions at No. 23 a week ago, lists Penn State at No. 14 this week.
Both polls list Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, and Washington as the top four teams.
The Nittany Lions have used a high-powered offense and a much-improved defense to rack up the recent wins.
Quarterback Trace McSorley has turned into a very dangerous weapon both throwing and running the football. He has a talented group of receivers to throw to, including Chris Godwin and tight end Mike Gesicki.
Running back Saquon Barkley is one of the top backs in the country and is a home run threat each time he touches the ball.
The defense has been lifted by the return of starting linebackers Jason Cabinda and Brandon Bell. Up front, the defensive line has started to come into its own and finally has some good depth.
Penn State is currently ranked No. 12 in the CFP rankings, but that number is likely to improve when the new edition comes out Tuesday night.