The Nittany Lions remained unbeaten — they but didn’t stay at their old spot in the rankings.
Penn State moved up to No. 3 in the newest edition of the Associated Press Top 25, which was released Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions were in the No. 4 slot for a few weeks.
Even though Penn State won convincingly at Northwestern on Saturday, it wasn’t really the Nittany Lions’ win that moved the voters. Penn State jumped a spot because of what happened directly ahead of it.
Oklahoma — a 31-point favorite — lost to Iowa State this weekend. The Sooners, previously No. 3 in the AP Poll, fell to No. 12. That’s what happens when a College Football Playoff contender drops a home game to a much, much worse team like Iowa State — a program that last defeated Oklahoma in 1990.
The top 2 remained the same with Alabama and Clemson at Nos. 1 and 2. Georgia leapt to No. 4, and Washington finished out the top 5.
After dropping a close, messy game at home to its less-talented arch rival, Michigan moved down from No. 7 to 17. Wisconsin and Ohio State slid up to Nos. 7 and 9, respectively.
Penn State faces the No. 17 Wolverines after the Nittany Lions’ bye week.
AP Top 25
3. Penn State
8. Washington State
9. Ohio State
11. Miami (FL)
14. Oklahoma State
15. Virginia Tech
16. Notre Dame
18. South Florida
19. San Diego State
20. NC State
21. Michigan State
24. Texas Tech
Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 39, West Virginia 26, Louisville 25, Utah 17, LSU 9, Florida 9, Kentucky 6, Iowa St. 5, Texas A&M 4, Memphis 2