Big Ten in the latest polls

November, 6, 2011
11/06/11
4:21
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Say hello to your new highest-ranked team in the Big Ten: Penn State.

The 8-1 Nittany Lions didn't play Saturday but benefited as two other ranked teams in the league lost. Penn State is now ranked No. 12 in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches' polls. The BCS standings will come out later tonight, and the Nittany Lions figure to get a little computer bump as well after Alabama played LSU. Of course, they would have liked for the Crimson Tide to have beaten LSU.

Michigan State is right behind the Lions in both polls at No. 13. Wisconsin is 14th in the coaches' poll and No. 16 in the AP. If the Badgers win out but don't catch Penn State in the Leaders Division, they still have a chance to finish high enough in the BCS standings to qualify for an at-large bid.

Nebraska, which lost to Northwestern on Saturday and is at Penn State this week, is No. 17 in the coaches' poll and No. 19 in AP. Michigan tumbled after losing at Iowa, falling to No. 22 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the coaches' rankings.

Ohio State is getting closer to checking back into the top 25. The Buckeyes were No. 27 in the AP poll and No. 29 in the coaches' rankings.

Iowa also received four votes from AP pollsters and eight from the coaches to come in at 31st in both rankings.

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