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Luke Russert (NBC News):
Penn State, you guys win the award for the most amazing #BinLaden killed celebration. I love your #USA pride #PSU
Videos of the celebration have been on both CNN and MSNBC.
I hope the media's love for her sticks around for many years.
This isn't the greatest, most accurate story in the world. Pete was not forced to play his A-Side. He actually switched the starters around. And, Indiana is talented but Penn State still won 64-14.
Either way, the reporter quotes Kelsey.
Here is one from early in the week:
And this one we did catch in print.
Everyone in State College knows this, but the powers that be have trouble giving Penn State it's due most years. Before winning the national title again last year PSU was ranked 4th. This is the first preseason poll. Penn State helped secure their ranking by beating Michigan 46-17 Saturday.
Women DI College Top 25 - September 15
Penn State captain Sadie Anderson will help keep the Nittany Lions at #1.
By RugbyMag.com Staff
The pre-season rankings for women' division one college picks up where the 2009-10 national championships left off.
There are a lot of familiar faces below, but none more so than Penn State, which has left Potomac LAU for Eastern Pennsylvania. With its league season set to face West Chester (23), Delaware (21) and Princeton, the club has diversified its pre-season with games against Michigan and Indiana, and ends with Navy before EPRU championships. The Nittany Lions will be looking toward Sadie Anderson, Lisa Henneman and Kyle Armstrong to lead the reigning champions.
Now that the Potomac is a two-team LAU, Navy (5) has bolstered its fall season with games against Brown (4), Army (3), Air Force, Virginia (7) and Penn State (1). MARFU's third team in the top eight - UVA - is finding ample playing time at tournaments, including Pumpkinfest, where the #7 ranked team won the title after 206 unanswered points.
In the Northeast, the game of the season should be between top performers Army (3) and Brown (4), when the powerhouses face off on October 30. If undefeated while heading into their final league match, which should be the case, the victor will take the #1 New England seed to playoffs.
The Midwest also kicks off its league season, and taking an early lead in the win column is Eastern Illinois (9), even though it doesn't compete in USA Rugby competition. The Panthers have racked up 193 points in three matches and only allowed one try. The highest ranked teams EIU plays are Midwest finalists UW-Milwaukee (12) and Northern Iowa (15).
The Colorado teams are warming up for their matrix matches. Colorado (16) just barely held off Colorado State (19) (10-7) and Air Force Academy (7-3) in last year's matches, so it should be another tight race in the Eastern Rockies.
There are two exciting additions to DI this year. Vacating its 10th-ranked slot in division II, East Carolina will try to unseat North Carolina (14) as the top team in the South. Although ECU isn't represented on the rankings, they face West Chester and UD in a round robin this weekend, and might very well make an appearance come next week.
Texas Tech also left DII behind, but we felt they were good enough to make the top 25 before playing any official DI competition. They'll provide Texas A&M (8) with some in-state league competition, and as the two prepare for their November 6 tete-a-tete, they'll play in state round robins nearly every weekend.
The big dogs in California won't contest their league seasons until the New Year, and teams like Stanford (2) have focused their fall on training, peppered by a couple of its 7s and 10s tournaments. BYU (6), on the other hand, has jampacked its season with games, and opened the school year with a 41-5 win over Utah Valley.
There are a slew of friendlies this weekend that should put the rankings back in motion. Check back next Wednesday.
1. Penn State
8. Texas A&M
9. Eastern Illinois
11. UC Davis
14. North Carolina
15. Northern Iowa
19. Colorado State
23. West Chester
24. New Mexico
25. Texas Tech