13. Penn State Nittany Lions
- First Season: 1887
- All-time record: 878-387-42
- National Titles: 2
- Conference Titles: 5
- Heisman Winners: 1
- All-Americans: 41
The Penn State Nittany Lions play in the second-largest stadium in college football behind only Michigan. Beaver Stadium has admitted over 106,000 people into the stadium each week to see their program try to chase Big Ten glory.
When it comes to “blue bloods”, the Big Ten is a conference that is filled with them. The Nittany Lions have had a rich history that has dated back over a century and has seen some of the finest talents come out of there.
They’re inside the top-10 when it comes to total victories and has multiple national championships to show for it. One thing the Nittany Lions have always had in their history is great coaching.
This “blue blood” rose to prominence over the years with several great coaches, such as Hugo Bezdek, Bob Higgins, Rip Engle and Joe Paterno. These four really helped cover almost a century of football between them. Paterno, of course, served the longest and his glasses became iconic in the game, as he stood on the sidelines from 1966-2011
That’s insane to think that a program could go so long with such few coaches, but the Nittany Lions have had a strong tradition of finding great coaches to lead the way. In their history, they have won two national championships and compiled 41 All-Americans along with one Heisman winner.
While some schools refer to themselves as “DBU” and other positions, Penn State helped revolutionize the linebacker spot. Over the years, they became noted for the way they developed dynamic linebacker talent.
This program plays in the loaded Big Ten East and is just one of the many proud “blue blood” programs in college football.