Philadelphia Penn football is ranked in the top-20 according to both the Sports Network and the ESPN/USA Today Poll for the first time this season. According to the most recent polls released on Nov. 1, the Quakers are No. 20 in the Sports Network poll and No. 19 in the ESPN/USA Today poll.
The Red and Blue have steadily climbed the national polls since opening the season ranked 23rd nationally. Prior to this week the highest Penn ranked in the Sports Network poll was No. 21. The Quakers’ rise can be credited to their 6-1 overall record and perfect 4-0 mark in the Ivy League.
Penn is currently riding a record 19-game Ancient Eight winning streak. The Red and Blue used a nine-play, 88-yard scoring drive to extend the streak on Oct. 30 against Brown. Sam Mathews scored from two yards out with 50 seconds remaining in regulation for the lead, 20-16.
Penn travels to Princeton on Nov. 6 for its annual showdown with the Tigers. The game, set to kick off at 1 p.m., can be heard live on www.pennathletics.com on the Internet, ESPN Radio 920 AM on the radio and will be televised live on College Sports Television (CSTV) and on DirecTV (Channel 610).
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications