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Penn State Suffers Heavy Fall in AP Poll After Loss to Illinois

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After Saturday’s nonuple overtime loss to Illinois, Penn State has unsurprisingly suffered a hefty drop in the Week 9 AP Poll.

The Nittany Lions had been a steady member of the Top 10 for the last handful of weeks, rising as high as No. 4 in the nation, but with back-to-back losses and Saturday’s dismal performance, the Lions have fallen to No. 20.

Georgia remains the steady No. 1 team in the nation, a bye week not impacting its unanimous hold upon the top spot with 1,575 points and all 63 first-place votes.

Cincinnati (1,477 points) escaped Navy to maintain its No. 2 spot, Alabama (1,417 points) handled Tennessee to jump to No. 3, Oklahoma (1,383 points) dropped a spot after barely escaping Kansas and Ohio State (1,311 points) throttled Indiana to stick at No. 5.

The Top 10 remains full of Big 10 teams, with Michigan (1,270 points), Michigan State (1,160 points) and Iowa (1,035 points) ranked as the No. 6, 8 and 9 teams, respectively, in the nation.

The Lions are the only other Big 10 team to be ranked after then-No. 25 Purdue suffered a loss to Wisconsin on Saturday. Minnesota received one point in voting, ranked as the final team in the “Others receiving votes” category.

The Lions have yet to play Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State this season, and it suddenly looks like all three games will be slanted the other way. A 5-0 start is now way back in the rearview mirror.

To check out the full Week 9 AP Poll, click here.

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