TSN Top 25 Media Poll
FCS Coaches Poll
PHILADELPHIA - For the first time since 2005, the University of Pennsylvania football team is ranked in the Top 25. The Quakers are 24th in The Sports Network (TSN) Media Poll and 25th in the FCS Coaches' Poll. No. 24/25 Penn has won seven straight and is 7-2 on the year and 6-0 in the Ivy League. The Quakers are coming off of a 17-7 road win at Harvard in which they captured a share of the 2009 Ivy League football title.
The Red and Blue have been receiving votes in each poll for the last several weeks, but finally cracked into the rankings this week. The last time Penn had done so was on Oct. 24, 2005. At that time, Penn was riding a four-game winning streak after trouncing Yale, 38-21. At 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Ivy League the Quakers were ranked #25 by TSN and in the USA Today/ESPN 1-AA poll, which has since been replaced by the Coaches' Poll.
This season's Quakers hold the nation's fourth-longest active winning streak and boast the top-ranked defense in the FCS. Penn also leads the country in scoring defense, allowing just 10.56 points per game and are the least penalized team in all of Division I college football (FBS and FCS), while ranking second in the 118-team FCS in rushing defense. Penn ranks first in the Ivy League in all of those categories as well as in sacks, pass efficiency defense, pass defense, tackles for loss, turnover margin and fewest sacks allowed.
Led by 15 seniors, Penn looks to claim the outright Ivy League title and the Trustee's Cup Saturday against Cornell in the season finale at Franklin Field. With a win, Penn head coach Al Bagnoli would become the first head coach in history to win seven outright Ivy League championships. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.