Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Penn State moves up in coaches' poll, remains unranked in AP

Penn State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) moved up three spots to No. 22 in the USA TODAY coaches' poll but remained left out of the AP Top 25.

Penn State moves up in coaches' poll, remains unranked in AP

Penn State (6-1, 3-0 Big Ten) moved up three spots to No. 22 in the USA TODAY coaches' poll but remained unranked in the AP poll.

In a game much closer than many expected, Penn State beat Purdue 23-18 on Saturday. The win wasn't impressive enough for the Nittany Lions to crack the AP Top 25 for the first time since the second week of the season.

They have been gradually getting closer to cracking the AP Top 25 and checked in on Sunday as the team with the most votes (130 points) outside the rankings. The two teams tied at No. 24 - Arizona State and Georgia - received 144 points.

Oklahoma is No. 1 in the coaches' poll, while LSU is ranked first in the AP poll.

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The other Big Ten teams ranked in the coaches' poll are Wisconsin (4th), Nebraska (11th), Michigan State (13th), Michigan (17th) and Illinois (21st). Those five are also ranked in the AP poll with the respective rankings: Wisconsin (4th), Nebraska (13th), Michigan State (15th), Michigan (18th) and Illinois (23rd). 

The first BCS standings are set to be released Sunday night.

Penn State plays Northwestern (2-4, 0-3) on Saturday night at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.

--Jake Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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