Penn State holds at No. 5, OSU drops in poll

September, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Penn State enters Big Ten play ranked No. 5 nationally, holding steady in this week's AP poll.

How high the Lions can climb remains to be seen, given the poor national perception of the Big Ten and Penn State's soft nonconference slate.

Ohio State actually fell two spots in the poll to No. 13, a surprising result after its 38-0 pasting of Toledo. The Buckeyes' drop had very little to do with their performance Saturday and stemmed more from USC's shocking loss to Washington. Most voters couldn't justify putting Ohio State ahead of USC after the Trojans won in Columbus on Sept. 12.

Still, tell me how Oklahoma moves up two spots and Ohio State falls? Oklahoma lost to a BYU team that embarrassed itself against Florida State. Sure, the Sooners shut out Tulsa, but Ohio Stat shut out Toledo. I'll have more on this Monday, but the favoritism toward Oklahoma and the hatred of the Buckeyes is getting a little ridiculous.

Michigan moved up two spots to No. 23 after its win against Eastern Michigan. Iowa fans are already flooding my inbox wondering why the Hawkeyes aren't ranked after a solid win against Arizona.

Though I was surprised to see Iowa so far outside the rankings (sixth in receiving votes), the Hawkeyes can prove themselves to the nation by upsetting Penn State this week (ABC, 8 p.m. ET).

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