UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The following story is a release from the Penn State athletics department:
Following another season with nine or more wins, the Penn State Football team finished in the Top 25 of both polls for the third-straight season. The Nittany Lions came in No. 17 in the final Associated Press (AP) and Amway Coaches polls. Additionally, Penn State was No. 12 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings announced in December.
Penn State finishes in the AP Top 25 for the 41st time in program history. The Nittany Lions end the season in the AP Top 25 in three consecutive seasons for the first time since a seven-year stint from 1993-99. Penn State has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for the last 40 weeks, dating back to the 2016 season, marking the fifth-longest streak in program history and longest streak since 1993-2000 when PSU was ranked for 121-straight weeks.
The Nittany Lions complete the season in the Coaches Top 25 for the 21st time in program history and the third-straight season. This is the first time Penn State has had three consecutive Top 25 finishes in the Coaches Poll since 2005-09.
Penn State is one of six teams (Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Washington) to rank in the Top 15 of the CFP final rankings in each of the last three seasons (2016-18).
The Nittany Lions ended the season with a 9-4 record and in third place in the Big Ten East. Penn State faced eight teams in the regular season which advanced to a bowl, earning five wins. Penn State has posted 14 consecutive winning seasons. Only five FBS teams have had a winning season each of the last 14 years (Oklahoma, Boise State, LSU, Wisconsin). Over those 14 consecutive winning seasons, Penn State has totaled at least nine wins in nine seasons, including the last three seasons.