UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; August 3, 2007 – The Penn State football team will begin the season ranked No. 18 in the USA Today/Coaches poll and will clash with a trio of Top 10 teams during the upcoming campaign.
The Nittany Lions have been ranked in the final Top 25 a total of 32 times during Coach Joe Paterno’s Hall of Fame career. Last season, Penn State finished 9-4 and was ranked No. 24 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 25 by USA Today/Coaches.
Penn State will face six teams that played in bowl games last season, three of whom are ranked in the USA Today/Coaches Top 10: Michigan (5), Wisconsin (7) and Ohio State (10). Nittany Lion opponents Notre Dame and Iowa were among the teams that received votes. Penn State will host Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio State, and 2006 bowl participant Purdue, during its blockbuster 2007 home schedule.
Paterno’s 42nd Nittany Lion team returns 15 starters and 32 letterwinners for the 2007 season, which launches with “Penn State Football Eve presented by Sheetz” on Friday, August 31 in Beaver Stadium. Stadium gates will open at 6:00 p.m.
The Nittany Lions begin practice next week in preparation for the Sept. 1 season opener with Florida International in Beaver Stadium. The contest will kick off at 12:00 p.m. and will be featured on the opening weekend of football telecasts on the Big Ten Network, which launches on August 30.
All Penn State football and basketball games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.
A limited number of tickets are available for the Florida International game at www.GoPSUsports.com. There is a limit of four tickets per person. The six remaining home games for this season are sold out, with a school record 93,500-plus season tickets sold, including more than 21,000 student season tickets.
Phone orders, counter and group sales for the Florida International game will take place only if tickets remain as of August 5. Phone and counter sales will begin Monday, August 6 at 10:00 a.m. if tickets remain. The numbers to call are: 814-865-5555 or 800-863-3336 weekdays from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
-Penn State Athletics