Penn State Moves Up to No. 17 in AP Poll, Remains at No. 16 in the Coaches Poll

By John Morgan on October 21, 2018 at 4:54 pm
Sep 1, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions safety Garrett Taylor (17) during the third quarter against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Appalachian State 45-38 in overtime.

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Penn State held on to beat Indiana 33-28 on Saturday and there wasn't much change in their rankings in the latest polls as a result. Penn State moved up to No. 17 in the AP Poll but remained at No. 16 in the Coaches Poll.

Penn State's next opponent, Iowa, moved up to No. 18 in both polls. After their stunning loss to Purdue, Ohio State dropped to No. 11 in the AP Poll and No. 9 in the Coaches Poll. Michigan benefited from their loss and now sits at No. 5 in both polls. Wisconsin is the only other Big Ten team ranked (No. 20 AP, No. 19 Coaches) as Michigan State dropped out of the AP Poll after their loss to Michigan. Penn State's first opponent Appalachian State made their Top 25 debut in the AP poll, coming in at No. 25.

AP Poll
Rank Team Record Points Previous
1 Alabama 8-0 1,525 1
2 Clemson 7-0 1,454 3
3 Notre Dame 7-0 1,400 4
4 LSU 7-1 1,327 5
5 Michigan 7-1 1,250 6
6 Texas 6-1 1,186 7
7 Georgia 6-1 1,136 8
8 Oklahoma 6-1 1,086 9
9 Florida 6-1 998 11
10 UCF 7-0 996 10
11 Ohio State 7-1 985 2
12 Kentucky 6-1 754 14
13 West Virginia 6-1 747 13
14 Washington State 6-2 692 25
15 Washington 6-2 677 15
16 Texas A&M 5-2 622 17
17 PENN STATE 5-2 528 18
18 Iowa 6-1 489 19
19 Oregon 5-2 450 12
20 Wisconsin 5-2 357 23
21 South Florida 7-0 291 21
22 NC State 5-1 186 16
23 Utah 5-2 180 NR
24 Stanford 5-2 144 NR
25 Appalachian State 5-1 79 NR

 

Coaches Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS 1st VOTES PREV MOVE
1 Alabama 8-0 1548 60 1
2 Clemson 7-0 1488 2 3 +1
3 Notre Dame 7-0 1409 4 +1
4 Lousiana State 7-1 1352 5 +1
5 Michigan 7-1 1228 7 +2
6 Georgia 6-1 1207 6
7 Texas 6-1 1146 8 +1
8 Oklahoma 6-1 1075 10 +2
9 Ohio State 7-1 1030 2 -7
10 Central Florida 7-0 1008 9 -1
11 Florida 6-1 968 12 +1
12 West Virginia 5-1 794 13 +1
13 Washington 6-2 729 14 +1
14 Kentucky 6-1 689 17 +3
15 Washington State 6-1 633 23 +8
16 PENN STATE 5-2 606 16
17 Texas A&M 5-2 583 18 +1
18 Iowa 6-1 447 22 +4
19 Wisconsin 5-2 430 19
20 South Florida 7-0 390 20
21 Oregon 5-2 383 11 -10
22 NC State 5-1 222 15 -7
23 Stanford 5-2 180 24 +1
24 Utah 5-2 107 NR +9
25 Miami 5-2 95 NR +1
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