Penguins Land 23rd spot in Preseason HERO Sports Top 25 Rankings

The Youngstown State Football team is gearing up for what promises to be an exciting 2024 season after being ranked No. 23 in the HERO Sports FCS Preseason Top 25 poll. Coming off a successful 8-5 campaign and playoff appearance in 2023, the Penguins are determined to make a strong statement in the upcoming season.

Youngstown State’s schedule includes challenging matchups against several teams ranked in the preseason Top 25, such as South Dakota State (No. 1), South Dakota (No. 5), Villanova (No. 6), Southern Illinois (No. 9), and Illinois State (No. 24). In addition, the Penguins will face off against ACC opponent Pittsburgh in September.

The team will kick off their season against Villanova on August 29, a rematch from their playoff loss to the Wildcats last December in Philadelphia. With high expectations and a demanding schedule, Youngstown State is ready to prove themselves as a force to be reckoned with in college football.

The HERO Sports FCS Preseason Top 25 features top teams like South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Montana, Montana State, Villanova and many more, indicating that Youngstown State has earned respect and recognition within the college football community for their inclusion at No. 23.

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