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PSU in the polls: Lions drop 10 spots in both polls; Hoosiers in top 20

Penn State’s 36-35 OT loss at Indiana on Saturday had a major impact on the team’s ranking in the polls.

The Nittany Lions dropped 10 spots from No. 7 down to No. 17 in this week’s poll, released Sunday afternoon.

The Lions also dropped 10 spots in the AP poll, from No. 8 to No. 18.

Here’s where things get interesting, when comparing PSU to Indiana in the polls.

The Hoosiers are No. 17 in the AP poll, one spot ahead of Penn State.

Indiana is No. 19 in the coaches poll, two spots behind PSU.


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Penn State overcame a 17-7 halftime deficit and led 28-20 inside of two minutes.

But Indiana tied the game with a late TD and 2-point conversion.

Then, after PSU scored a touchdown in overtime, the Hoosiers scored a TD and went for 2. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. stretched the ball out toward the pylon on fourth and goal, and it was ruled a touchdown.

The controversial play was reviewed for a few minutes, and the call on the field was upheld, giving Indiana its first win over a top 10 team since 1987.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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