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College Football Rankings: Area Teams Likely Still Out Of AP Poll

Pitt, Penn State and WVU were all out of the AP poll last week, and that's unlikely to change this week. WVU was idle, Pitt was on the fringes of the poll last week but was idle (and will probably need another win or two to crack the rankings), and the Nittany Lions, despite a come-from-behind win against Northwestern, wasn't close enough to being in the rankings last week for a win against an unranked team to get them there. A win next week against eighth-ranked Ohio State would surely get the Nittany Lions some consideration, however. Pitt could potentially sneak into the rankings with a win, but that seems unlikely, since they're playing UConn, which is also unranked. WVU plays Cincinnati next week and won't be a factor in the rankings. Penn State at Ohio State, then, is the local game to watch next week.

There aren't likely to be huge changes at the top of the poll, since Oregon, Boise State, Auburn and TCU all won big. After that, things get tricky - No. 5 Alabama lost to No. 12 LSU, and No. 6 Utah was the victim of the drubbing by TCU. No. 9 Nebraska, meanwhile, won only narrowly over Iowa State. Big Ten teams Wisconsin (No. 7), Ohio State (No. 8), Iowa (No. 15) and Michigan State (No. 16) all were either idle or won this week.

Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State are all fighting to climb the BCS standings - BCS Evolution thinks they'll be at Nos. 8, 9 and 11 this week. No Big East teams should be anywhere near the top 15.

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