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Ohio State rises to No. 3 in the latest Amway Coaches Poll
USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.
After losing to Indiana in overtime to open the Big Ten season, Penn State nearly falls out of the Top 25 in this week’s USA TODAY Sports NCAA Re-Rank 1-127.
The No. 25 Nittany Lions are down 19 spots and have fallen from second in the conference power rankings behind No. 3 Ohio State to fifth, trailing the Buckeyes, No. 8 Michigan, No. 13 Wisconsin and No. 24 Indiana.
The Hoosiers are up 38, the largest single-week leap in this week’s 1-127. Several Big Ten teams made similar jumps, including No. 44 Purdue (up 34) and No. 83 Rutgers (up 26). On the other end of the spectrum, No. 53 Iowa (down 29) and No. 107 Michigan (down 28) stumbled after starting 0-1.
While Ohio State opened as expected with an easy win against Nebraska, the Buckeyes are not able to leap ahead of No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama. After one week of Big Ten play, it seems obvious that OSU is set to join that pair as the unquestioned class of the Bowl Subdivision.
BUCKEYES JUMP: Ohio State up to No. 3 in Amway Coaches Poll
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It was also a great week for the Group of Five. Seven teams from these conferences landed in the Top 25, led by No. 7 Cincinnati. Following the Bearcats are No. 15 Brigham Young, No. 18 Marshall, No. 19 Boise State, No. 20 Louisiana, No. 21 SMU and No. 22 Coastal Carolina.