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Penn State AP Football Poll Summary

State College, PA - Big Ten

Note: Penn State's ranking in the final 1961 poll has been changed to unranked after the original AP wire story and poll was revisited and confirmed across several newspapers.

Weeks... All Preseason Final
...at #1 21 1 2
...at #2 45 0 3
...in Top 5 170 8 14
...in Top 10 390 26 27
...in Top 25 657 48 43

Ranked in 55% of 1189 polls

Appearance Streaks

Seasons Ranked

Season App Pct Pre Final High Low Avg
2021 4 100% 19 TBD 6 19 12
2020 6 35% 7 NR 7 18 10
2019 17 100% 15 9 5 15 10
2018 16 100% 10 17 8 21 14
2017 16 100% 6 8 2 16 7
2016 8 50% NR 7 5 24 12
2011 8 50% NR NR 12 24 20
2010 5 31% 19 NR 18 23 21
2009 16 100% 9 9 5 19 11
2008 17 100% 22 8 3 22 9
2007 6 38% 17 NR 10 24 16
2006 5 31% 19 24 19 25 22
2005 11 69% NR 3 3 16 7
2002 16 89% 24 16 10 24 17
2000 1 6% 22 NR 22 22 22
1999 17 100% 3 11 2 15 6
1998 16 100% 13 17 7 23 14
1997 18 100% 1 16 1 16 4
1996 18 100% 11 7 3 17 9
1995 17 100% 4 13 4 20 12
1994 17 100% 9 2 1 9 4
1993 17 100% 16 8 7 19 13
1992 16 94% 8 NR 7 23 14
1991 16 100% 7 3 3 12 8
1990 9 56% 21 11 7 24 16
1989 13 76% 11 15 11 23 16
1988 5 29% 20 NR 15 20 18
1987 13 81% 11 NR 10 20 16
1986 15 100% 6 1 1 7 4
1985 17 100% 18 3 1 19 6
1984 9 56% 11 NR 4 19 12
1983 2 13% 4 NR 4 20 12
1982 16 100% 8 1 1 9 5
1981 15 100% 7 3 1 13 5
1980 16 100% 18 8 5 18 11
1979 8 53% 5 20 5 20 14
1978 15 100% 3 4 1 5 3
1977 14 100% 13 5 4 13 9
1976 7 50% 10 NR 7 20 14
1975 15 100% 6 10 6 12 9
1974 15 100% 8 7 7 19 10
1973 15 100% 7 5 5 7 6
1972 15 100% 5 10 5 16 9
1971 15 100% 12 5 5 14 8
1970 9 60% 7 18 4 20 14
1969 14 100% 3 2 2 8 4
1968 14 100% 8 2 2 10 4
1967 1 8% NR 10 10 10 10
1963 1 8% NR NR 9 9 9
1962 7 58% 9 9 3 9 7
1961 2 17% 7 NR 7 8 8
1960 6 50% 19 16 11 20 17
1959 11 85% NR 12 7 18 11
1957 2 17% 16 NR 16 19 18
1956 2 17% NR NR 12 18 15
1955 1 8% NR NR 18 18 18
1954 5 42% NR 20 9 20 14
1952 4 36% NR NR 15 20 18
1948 9 100% NA 18 5 18 11
1947 10 100% NA 4 4 12 7
1945 1 11% NA NR 12 12 12
1942 1 13% NA 19 19 19 19
1940 4 50% NA NR 16 20 19

Ranked in 63 out of 86 seasons (73%)

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