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Penn State rises a spot to #9 in AP Poll

Penn State is ranked ninth in this week’s AP Poll, setting up a top-10 matchup on Saturday when the Nittany Lions take on the fourth ranked Ohio State Buckeyes.

Penn State v Illinois Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

For the second straight week, Penn State rose in the AP Poll as it took a step up to No. 9 after being tied at the 10 spot last week with the Washington Huskies. The Nittany Lions struggled early against Illinois before putting away the Illini with a huge 42-point second half effort in a 63-24 victory.

For the Nittany Lions, it’s the 29th consecutive week they’ve appeared in the AP Poll. It’s the longest streak the Lions have had since 2008-2010 when they made 39 straight. They still have a long ways to go to break the program record of 121 straight weeks (1993-2000).

The Big Ten as a whole still has five teams in this week’s AP Poll after having arguably it’s best week on the field across the conference. Ohio State remains in the top, siting at fourth overall while both Michigan and Wisconsin saw their stock rise as they are now ranked 14th and 15th respectively. Michigan State rounds off the Big Ten’s representation in the Top 25 as they moved up three spots and are now ranked as the 21st best team in the country.

The Nittany Lions also remained in the top-10 of this week’s coaching poll, coming in at the nine spot.