Penn State Drops to No. 11 in AP Poll and Coaches Poll

By Nick Polak on September 30, 2018 at 4:46 pm
Sep 29, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; A general view as Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) carries the ball for a loss on fourth down against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the fourth quarter at Beaver Stadium.
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Despite a loss to the now-No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday night in Happy Valley, Penn State only took a two-spot hit in both the AP and Coaches Polls, dropping from No. 9 to No. 11 in both.

Considering the nature of the loss, it's not surprising to see the Lions only punished a tiny bit by the voters, and they honestly likely improved their standing in some voters' eyes after nearly taking down the Buckeyes and outplaying them for most of the night.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes moved up to No. 3 in both polls, getting one first-place vote in each of them. In the AP Poll, Michigan and Wisconsin each moved down one spot to No. 14 and No. 15, respectively. Michigan State moved up to No. 20 from No. 21. Iowa (34 votes) and Maryland (10 votes) also received votes. App State, Penn State's week one opponent, received two votes, as well.

In the Coaches Poll, Wisconsin checks in behind the Lions at No. 12, Michigan at No. 16, and Michigan State at No. 19. App State (34 votes), Iowa (23 votes), and Maryland (14 votes) all received votes, as well.

RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV
1 ALABAMA 5-0 1,497 58 1
2 GEORGIA 5-0 1,405 2
3 OHIO STATE 5-0 1,395 1 4
4 CLEMSON 5-0 1,278 1 3
5 LSU 5-0 1,233 5
6 NOTRE DAME 5-0 1,216 8
7 OKLAHOMA 5-0 1,193 6
8 AUBURN 4-1 1,002 10
9 WEST VIRGINIA 4-0 998 12
10 WASHINGTON 4-1 978 11
11 PENN STATE 4-1 920 9
12 UCF 4-0 759 13
13 KENTUCKY 5-0 707 17
14 STANFORD 4-1 700 7
15 MICHIGAN 4-1 687 14
16 WISCONSIN 3-1 642 15
17 MIAMI (FL) 4-1 600 16
18 OREGON 4-1 462 19
19 TEXAS 4-1 403 18
20 MICHIGAN STATE 3-1 281 21
21 COLORADO 4-0 225
22 FLORIDA 4-1 210
23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 4-0 118
24 VIRGINIA TECH 3-1 89
25 OKLAHOMA STATE 4-1 88
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV MOVE
1 ALABAMA 5-0 1597 61 1
2 GEORGIA 5-0 1490 3 +1
3 OHIO STATE 5-0 1467 1 4 +1
4 CLEMSON 5-0 1417 2 2 -2
5 OKLAHOMA 5-0 1313 5
6 LOUISIANA STATE 5-0 1285 6
7 NOTRE DAME 5-0 1246 8 +1
8 WEST VIRGINIA 4-0 1055 12 +4
9 AUBURN 4-1 1049 10 +1
10 WASHINGTON 4-1 1027 11 +1
11 PENN STATE 4-1 1002 9 -2
12 WISCONSIN 3-1 797 13 +1
13 CENTRAL FLORIDA 4-0 763 14 +1
14 STANFORD 4-1 753 7 -7
15 KENTUCKY 5-0 690 17 +2
16 MICHIGAN 4-1 627 15 -1
17 MIAMI 4-1 587 16 -1
18 OREGON 4-1 453 20 +2
19 MICHIGAN STATE 3-1 376 18 -1
20 TEXAS 4-1 342 22 +2
21 OKLAHOMA STATE 4-1 255 21
22 COLORADO 4-0 170 NR +7
23 VIRGINIA TECH 3-1 167 24 +1
24 BOISE STATE 3-1 160 25 +1
25 NC STATE 4-0 121 NR +6
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