Penn State #1 in ESPN's Final Big Ten Power Rankings

The well-deserved praise just keeps on coming. Yesterday, ESPN released its final Big Ten league power rankings for the season, naming Penn State as No. 1, as voted on by ESPN's Big Ten crew.

Here's what ESPN had to say about the Nittany Lions' No. 1 title:

 

"Few people, if anybody, would have predicted Penn State's rise before the season. But the Nittany Lions' impressive stretch run helped them vault to No. 1. Here's a look at the full rankings, as voted on by the Big Ten crew.

1. Penn State (11-3, three first-place votes): The Nittany Lions' wild 52-49 Rose Bowl loss to USC didn't keep them out of the top spot in our final Big Ten poll. Of course, Ohio State's dud in the national semifinal contributed to Penn State finishing first here, as did Penn State's victory against Ohio State during the regular season and its Big Ten championship. It truly was a special season in Happy Valley."

 

A special season, indeed. And with each new honor the Nittany Lions receive, it drives the point home that much more.

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