Where is Penn State in latest AP Top 25 poll?

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It is not too often a team will move down after winning a game, but that is exactly what happened to Penn State in the updated AP Top 25. The Associated Press released its post-Week 10 ranking Sunday afternoon, and it saw Penn State fall from No. 22 a week ago to No. 23 in the latest reshuffling of the college football ranking.

Despite having identical 6-3 records, Penn State is now ranked lower than two teams it has defeated in head-to-head matchups this season. No. 20 Wisconsin made a big jump up this week after a blowout victory at Rutgers to move three spots ahead of the Nittany Lions. Wisconsin was not ranked a week ago. Perhaps Wisconsin’s ranking is inflated by Purdue’s victories over Iowa and Michigan State (Wisconsin handled Purdue head-to-head fairly easily in between Purdue’s big wins).

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No. 16 Auburn also remained ahead of Penn State after dropping four spots in this week’s ranking. Auburn was dominated by Texas A&M to fall to 6-3 on the season.

Penn State and Wisconsin are two of the Big Ten’s six ranked teams this week. No. 6 Ohio State stayed put, but No. 5 Oregon managed to be moved back ahead of the Buckeyes after moving up two spots this week. Oregon did win a head-to-head matchup in Week 2 in Columbus, but Ohio State has arguably been playing better than the Ducks overall since.

No. 8 Michigan State dropped just three spots after their upset loss to Purdue, which is good enough to keep them ahead of No. 9 Michigan. The Wolverines held their same ranking from a week ago.

No. 19 Iowa is the only other Big Ten team in the AP Top 25 this week. The Hawkeyes stayed at No. 19 form a week ago.

Here is the full Ap Top 25, as of November 7, 2021…

  1. Georgia (63 first-place votes)

  2. Cincinnati

  3. Alabama

  4. Oklahoma

  5. Oregon

  6. Ohio State

  7. Notre Dame

  8. Michigan State

  9. Michigan

  10. Oklahoma State

  11. Texas A&M

  12. Ole Miss

  13. Wake Forest

  14. BYU

  15. UTSA

  16. Auburn

  17. Houston

  18. Baylor

  19. Iowa

  20. Wisconsin

  21. North Carolina State

  22. Coastal Carolina

  23. Penn State

  24. Louisiana-Lafayette

  25. Pittsburgh

Others receiving votes: Purdue, Arkansas, San Diego State, Utah, Iowa State, Kentucky, Appalachian State, SMU, Mississippi State

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