After a tough 23-20 loss to Iowa without senior quarterback Sean Clifford Saturday afternoon, Penn State has dropped a handful of spots in both the AP and USA TODAY Coaches Polls.
The Nittany Lions dropped from No. 4 to No. 7 in the Week 7 AP Poll, receiving 1,147 votes from the AP voters. The Lions are now the third-highest ranked Big 10 team, behind No. 2 Iowa and No. 6 Ohio State.
With a loss from season-long No. 1 Alabama suffering a 41-38 upset loss to Texas A&M, Georgia (1,550 points, 62 first-place votes) jumped into the top spot in the nation. Iowa (1,476 points), Cincinnati (1,407 points), Oklahoma (1,336 points) and Alabama (1,286 points) round out the Top 5.
Aside from Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State, Michigan (1,139 points) and Michigan (992 points) both occupy Top 10 spots as the No. 8 and No. 10 teams, respectively.
There are no other ranked Big 10 teams, but no other conference has five teams in the Top 10 either.
The Lions suffered a slightly bigger drop in the Coaches Poll, falling from No. 4 to No. 8, receiving 1,124 points. Iowa remains ahead of the Lions while Ohio State and Michigan jumped ahead in the most recent poll.
Georgia owns the top spot in the Coaches Poll too, receiving 1,624 points and 64 first-place votes. Iowa (1,537, one first-place vote), Oklahoma (1,452 points), Cincinnati (1,418 points) and Alabama (1,363 points) round out the new Top 5.
Ohio State (1,254 points), Michigan (1,237 points), Penn State and Michigan State (1,064 points) are ranked, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth in the poll.
There are no other Big 10 teams in the poll, and none in the “Others Receiving Votes” category either.
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