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Penn State moves up in the AP and Coaches Polls

The Nittany Lions jump a few spots after a slow start but solid finish against the Bulls.

NCAA Football: Buffalo at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State’s less than appetizing first half combined with a strong finish versus Buffalo resulted in a slight bump in the Associated Press Poll this week. The Nittany Lions landed at No. 13 in the poll released Sunday afternoon. It marks 43 straight weeks of Penn State being ranked by the AP.

Six other Big Ten teams join the good guys in the poll, led by Ohio State and Michigan at No. 6 and 10, respectively. The Wolverines dropped slightly after escaping in double overtime against Army. The Buckeyes dropped by virtue of LSU’s performance at Texas. Other conference teams in the poll include No. 14 Wisconsin, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 19 Iowa, and No. 21 Maryland. Nebraska fell out of the AP poll following their last-minute loss to Colorado.

Penn State rose up to No. 11 in the Coaches Poll, moving up three spots from No. 14 last week. The six other Big Ten teams also make appearances in the Coaches Poll, where Michigan State and Iowa trade spots, and Maryland sits at No. 25.

Penn State takes on rival Pitt for the 100th time at noon on Saturday.