Penn State Moves Up to No. 12 in Coaches Poll, No. 14 in AP Poll

By Matt de Bear on November 25, 2018 at 6:31 pm
Nov 24, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; A member of the Penn State Big Uglies dances during the fourth quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Maryland 38-3. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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Penn State wrapped up the regular season on Saturday afternoon with a 38-3 thrashing of Maryland. The 35-point victory was the most complete performance of the season for the Nittany Lions, and they were rewarded by both the AP and Coaches Poll voters. The writers moved the Lions up one spot to No. 14, while the Coaches put them at No. 12. 

Ohio State's thumping of Michigan has the Buckeyes as the top ranked Big Ten team in both polls at No. 6, while the Wolverines tumbled to No. 8 in each. The only other Big Ten team to appear in the rankings are the West Division champion Northwestern Wildcats. Pat Fitzgerald's team sits at No. 21 in both polls. The Wildcats and Buckeyes meet on Saturday night in Indianapolis for the Big Ten title.

The top three nationally remain unchanged with Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame remaining in place after Rivalry Weekend victories. Georgia and Oklahoma each moved up one spot to round out the top five. 

Both polls are for entertainment purposes only, of course, with the College Football Playoff Rankings set to be unveiled on Tuesday evening. Penn State currently sits at No. 12 there.

AP POLL
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Alabama (61) 12-0 1,525 1
2 Clemson 12-0 1,458 2
3 Notre Dame 12-0 1,409 3
4 Georgia 11-1 1,336 5
5 Oklahoma 11-1 1,266 6
6 Ohio State 11-1 1,229 10
7 UCF 12-0 1,146 8
8 Michigan 10-2 1,058 4
9 Texas 9-3 959 11
10 Washington 9-3 897 16
11 Florida 9-3 876 13
12 Washington State 10-2 919 7
13 LSU 9-3 818 8
14 Penn State 9-3 751 15
15 West Virginia 8-3 672 12
16 Kentucky 9-3 602 17
17 Utah 9-3 536 18
18 Syracuse 9-3 475 19
19 Boise State 10-2 409 21
20 Mississippi State 8-4 324 22
21 Northwestern 8-4 322 20
22 Texas A&M  8-4 283 NR
23 Army 9-2 169 23
24 Iowa State 7-4 116 25
25 Fresno State 10-2 102 NR
COACHES POLL
RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Alabama  (63) 12-0 1,599 1
2 Clemson (1) 12-0 1,536 2
3 Notre Dame 12-0 1,469 3
4 Georgia 11-1 1,398 5
5 Oklahoma 11-1 1,324 6
6 Ohio State 11-1 1,292 10
7 UCF 11-0 1,200 9
8 Michigan 10-2 1,041 4
9 Texas 9-3 939 11
10 Florida 9-3 937 13
11 Washington 9-3 921 16
12 Penn State 9-3 889 14
13 Washington State 10-2 829 7
14 LSU 9-3 821 8
15 Kentucky 9-3 634 18
16 West Virginia 8-3 621 12
17 Utah 9-3 610 17
18 Syracuse 9-3 499 19
19 Mississippi State 8-4 460 20
20 Boise State 10-2 375 22
21 Northwestern 8-4 363 21
22 Texas A&M  8-4 295 NR
23 Fresno State 10-2 157 23
24 Utah State 10-2 130 15
25 Army 9-2 119 24

 

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