PSU collects more votes, still unranked

October, 21, 2012
10/21/12
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The Nittany Lions finished outside the top 25 in the Associated Press' poll this week, but more voters are finding them harder to ignore.

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AP Photo/Keith SrakocicBill O'Brien's team is close to breaking into the AP Top 25.
Bill O'Brien's squad received 18 points in Sunday's poll, which puts them at 31st. In the last two weeks, PSU garnered only one point from a single voter's No. 25 ranking.

After a convincing 38-14 win over Iowa, however, 11 other sportswriters opted to place Penn State between Nos. 23 and 25 on their ballots.

The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News' Cecil Hurt, who ranked PSU the last two weeks, moved the team up one spot to No. 24. PSU's top ranking came from the Columbus Dispatch's Bill Rabinowitz, who placed it at No. 23.

An undefeated Ohio State was ninth in the voting, dropping two spots after an overtime win against Purdue. A win against the Buckeyes on Saturday would almost certainly vault Penn State into the top-25 rankings.

No. 20 Michigan was the only other ranked Big Ten team. Both Wisconsin (31 points) and Nebraska (24 points) were unranked but received more votes than PSU.

Josh Moyer | email

Penn State/Big Ten reporter

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