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Penn State ranked 13th in week two of the AP Poll

The Penn State Nittany Lions dropped three spots and out of the top 10 after narrowly escaping an upset bid from Appalachian State.

Appalachian State v Penn State Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

After a near disastrous start to the season Saturday, the dust has cleared and the new AP Top 25 poll has Penn State ranked as the 13th best team in the country, three spots lower than their preseason ranking.

By earning their spot in this week’s poll, the Nittany Lions have extended their streak of AP Top 25 appearances to 26, the eighth-longest streak in the nation.

The Lions are one of five Big Ten teams to be in the week two edition of the weekly poll. Both Ohio State and Wisconsin kept their spots in the top five while Michigan State fell four spots to 15. The Michigan Wolverines saw themselves tumble down to 21 after an opening weekend loss to Notre Dame, marking the 17th consecutive road game against an AP Top 25 opponent that the Wolverines have lost. Other Big Ten teams that received votes include Northwestern, Maryland, and Iowa (in that order).

In the coaches poll for week, the Nittany Lions dropped down a spot to 10 after starting the season as the ninth-ranked team. They were one of three Big Ten teams in the top 10 of the coaches poll joining Ohio State and Wisconsin who sit at No. 4 and No. 6 respectively. The Buckeyes also received one first-place vote following their 77-point performance against Oregon State.