Penn State holds at No. 5, OSU drops in poll
September, 20, 2009
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com
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).
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Eastern Illinois 20 Minnesota 42 Final Rutgers 41 Washington State 38
Final Penn State 26 UCF 24 Final Youngstown State 17 Illinois 28 Final Indiana State 10 Indiana 28 Final Northern Iowa 23 Iowa 31 Final Appalachian State 14 Michigan 52 Final 5 Ohio State 34 Navy 17 Final Western Michigan 34 Purdue 43 Final Florida Atlantic 7 22 Nebraska 55 Final California 31 Northwestern 24 Final James Madison 7 Maryland 52 Final 14 Wisconsin 24 13 LSU 28