Philadelphia The Penn football team had entered its two previous contests ranked outside the Sports Network (TSN) Top-25 poll. Impressive wins over Dartmouth, 35-0, and Bucknell, 32-25 in double-overtime, have catapulted the Red and Blue to No. 25 in the latest poll released on Oct. 11.
The Quakers began the season ranked No. 25 by TSN and climbed to No. 22 in both TSN and the ESPN/USA Today polls heading into their showdown with then-No. 11 Villanova. A loss dropped Penn out of both polls but the Quakers bounced back with an Ivy-League opening win against Dartmouth and a two-overtime thriller in Lewisburg to reclaim a spot among the nation’s elite.
Statistically, Penn has ranked among I-AA football’s best teams throughout the season. Penn is currently ranked in the top-25 in seven statistical categories heading into week five. The Quakers are 25th in passing offense (245.25 ypg) and total defense (308.25 ypg). The Red and Blue crack the top-20 in turnover margin (1.00) and scoring offense (35.25 ppg), ranking 19th and 17th, respectively. Penn is nationally ranked in the top-10 in three categories - eighth in scoring defense (14.75 ppg), seventh in net punting (39.68 ypp) and sixth in rushing defense (82.00 ypg).
Penn is currently 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Ivy League. The Quakers resume the Ancient Eight schedule on Oct. 16, welcoming Columbia to Franklin Field for Homecoming.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications