Penn State football: 5 best seasons in Nittany Lions history, ranked

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Best Penn State football seasons
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The Penn State Nittany Lions have built one of the more traditional and historic programs in the nation. But which seasons stand out from the rest?

When you think about college football, and the history and the traditions that it has created, it’s hard not to think of Penn State football.

The Nittany Lions have built quite the resume over time to have their program considered to be one of the greatest of all-time. Headlining that resume are two national championships and a spot in the top 10 for both all-time wins and undefeated seasons.

Behind James Franklin, Penn State continues to write a new history after the Jerry Sandusky scandal brought a black cloud that lingered for years over Happy Valley.

Penn State football has come close to making a College Football Playoff under Franklin and is among the top-10 teams on an annual basis to make a run at a national title.

The Nittany Lions are still looking for a season that ends with a national championship, which happened twice under Joe Paterno and another undefeated season that puts them in the conversation for the best team to not win it all.

However, what are the five best Penn State football seasons?

Naturally, those seasons are represented, but two spots remain open as we determine the best Penn State football seasons in Nittany Lions history.