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College Football Rankings, Week 12: Four Big Ten Teams In AP And Coaches Polls

I got the AP top ten right, but Iowa remains in the top 25 at No. 24 in both the AP and coaches polls. That makes four Big Ten teams in the AP top 25. There aren’t any Big East teams, but West Virginia could be on the verge of breaking in – they’re second in the “others receiving votes” category in the AP poll. The big mover in the poll was Nebraska, which fell to No. 16 after losing to Texas A&M.

The same four Big Ten teams (Wisconsin, Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa) are represented in the Coaches poll, with fellow Big Ten’er Northwestern dropping out of the poll after losing to Illinois. West Virginia, Pitt and Penn State all received a handful of votes.

None of the ranked Big Ten teams face each other in the last week of conference play, and the Ohio State / Michigan game will of course get a ton of attention. Penn State is in what just might be the marquee matchup after that, however, against Michigan State. Iowa plays Minnesota, and Wisconsin hosts Northwestern.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.