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Penn State Clinging to Top 10 Spot in AP Poll, Coaches Poll

Kalen King tackles Ohio State's Julian Fleming (Photo by Matt Lynch, Nittany Sports Now

As expected, Penn State football has dropped in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.

Penn State fell from No. 6 to No. 10 in the Coaches and from No. 7 to No. 10 in the AP Poll.

This, of course, comes after Penn State suffered its first loss of this season and first in 12 games at Ohio State, 20-12.

Ohio State’s still in control of its destiny in the Big Ten and national championship picture. OSU remains at No. 3 in both polls behind only top-ranked Georgia and hated Michigan, who’s No. 2. To have any chance at winning the Big Ten and beyond, Penn State will need to beat Michigan Nov. 11 at Beaver Stadium. Even if Penn State pulls that upset, it will have to pull for Michigan to beat Ohio State in the Big House two days after Thanksgiving. But for now, Penn State must focus on Indiana. PSU knows how to beat Indiana (28-2 all-time) and seems to know how to beat everybody in the Big Ten besides Ohio State and Michigan, the two teams the most people pay attention to.   

Saturday’s loss moves Penn State coach James Franklin to 4-15 combined against Ohio State and Michigan. PSU hasn’t beat Ohio State since 2016 and hasn’t won against Michigan since before the COVID-19 Pandemic took over the world. 

In other rankings news, Iowa, a fringe top-25 team, is out again. Iowa came into its matchup with Minnesota at home, had been ranked No. 24 in the AP Poll and No. 23 in the coaches. But after a 12-10 loss to Minneosta in controversial fashion, Iowa’s once again out. 

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