Penn State is ranked 19th in the preseason Associated Press poll, while its week-two opponent, defending national champion Alabama, is No. 1.
Pitt came in at No. 15 in the poll, released Saturday.
Ohio State is No. 2 and Iowa No. 9, giving the Big Ten three teams in the top 10. Wisconsin just missed at No. 12.
While Pitt has the same ranking as in the USA Today coaches poll, Penn State is five spots lower in the AP poll. The coaches ranked the Nittany Lions 14th.
Alabama will start this season where it ended last season - on top.
Coach Nick Saban has the Tide rolling the way Bear Bryant did in his day, first in The Associated Press preseason poll for the first time since 1978.
Alabama received 54 of 60 first-place votes from the media panel and 1,491 points to easily outdistance second-ranked Ohio State in the Top 25.
The Buckeyes, who have been ranked no lower than 11th in the last eight preseason polls, received three first-place votes.
Boise State is third, its best preseason ranking, following another undefeated season. Underdogs no more, the Broncos even received one first-place vote.
Florida, Alabama's Southeastern Conference rival, is fourth. Fifth-ranked Texas received a first-place vote.
The rest of the top 10 has TCU sixth, followed by Oklahoma, which received a first-place vote, Nebraska, Iowa and Virginia Tech.