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Penn State football drops in Top 25 poll after loss to Buckeyes

This is how James Franklin, Saquon Barkley and other Penn State players feel after tough loss to Ohio State

Head coach James Franklin said Penn State “didn’t finish” Ohio State in Saturday’s 39-38 loss. Running back Saquon Barkley emphasized that the Nittany Lions' season is not over. Quarterback Trace McSorley described the mood in the locker room. Saf
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Head coach James Franklin said Penn State “didn’t finish” Ohio State in Saturday’s 39-38 loss. Running back Saquon Barkley emphasized that the Nittany Lions' season is not over. Quarterback Trace McSorley described the mood in the locker room. Saf

As expected, Penn State dropped in the rankings after losing at Ohio State.

The Nittany Lions fell to No. 7 from No. 2 in the newest edition of the Associated Press Top-25 rankings, released Sunday afternoon.

After a comeback win at The Horseshoe, Ohio State moved up to No. 3 from No. 6.

All things considered, though, Penn State’s fall wasn’t too bad. The Nittany Lions stayed ahead of Oklahoma, Miami, TCU and Oklahoma State.

Alabama maintained its top ranking, while Georgia filled the No. 2 spot vacated by Penn State. Ohio State, Wisconsin and Notre Dame rounded out the top 5.

Penn State’s next opponent, Michigan State, dropped from No. 16 to No. 24 after losing on the road at Northwestern 39-31.

On Tuesday, the AP will be replaced by the College Football Playoff rankings as the poll of importance. At 7-1 with a one-point loss to the Buckeyes, we’ll see where the Nittany Lions come in.

AP Top 25

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

3. Ohio State

4. Wisconsin

5. Notre Dame

6. Clemson

7. Penn State

8. Oklahoma

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. TCU

11. Oklahoma State

12. Washington

13. Virginia Tech

14. Iowa State

15. UCF

16. Auburn

17. USC

18. Stanford

19. LSU

20. N.C. State

21. Mississippi State

22. Memphis

23. Arizona

24. Michigan State

25. Washington State

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