After beating Penn State, Gophers rise to No. 7 in AP Top 25 poll

After beating Penn State, Gophers rise to No. 7 in AP Top 25 poll

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For the first time since 1962, the Minnesota Gophers are a top 10 team.

One day after Minnesota’s biggest win in decades — a 31-26 triumph over No. 5 Penn State, the Associated Press slotted the Gophers at No. 7 in its latest Top 25 poll, released Sunday. The Nittany Lions slipped four spots to No. 9.

The Gophers (9-0) will continue this breakout season Saturday against No. 23 Iowa, which lost 24-22 to rival Wisconsin this weekend.

ELSEWHERE IN THE POLL

LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in the poll after beating Alabama in a 1-2 matchup.

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After two weeks of historically close voting at the top of poll, LSU received 54 first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. Ohio State was No. 2 with five first-place votes and Clemson was third with three first-place votes. Alabama fell two spots to No. 4.

Georgia was fifth, followed by Oregon and Minnesota at No. 7.

No. 24 Indiana is ranked for the first time since 1994, snapping the longest poll drought among Power Five conference schools.

POLL POINTS

It wasn’t a great week for Alabama, but the Crimson Tide did extend their record for consecutive weeks in the top five of the AP poll. Alabama has been among the five highest-ranked teams for 66 weeks, a streak that started on Nov. 8, 2015.

The second-longest streak of top-five appearances is Miami, which had 55 from Oct. 8, 2000-Oct. 26, 2003.

— Minnesota has its best ranking since it reached No. 5 in 1962 and finished 10th.

IN-N-OUT

Indiana had a great off week with the help of another Power Five school that had not been ranked in years. Wake Forest slipped out of the ranking after a loss at Virginia Tech. The Demon Deacons earlier in the year earned a ranking for the first time since the 2008.

The Hoosiers (7-2) already have their first seven-victory season in 12 years and will head to Penn State next week trying to win as a ranked team for the first time since late in the 1993 season. The previous time Indiana was ranked, it moved into the rankings on Sept. 18, 1994, after beating Kentucky to get to 3-0. Ranked No. 25, the Hoosiers visited No. 16 Wisconsin, lost 62-13, and have not been ranked since.

Now that Indiana has snapped its drought, the Hoosiers’ in-state rivals have the longest run of being unranked among Power Five schools. Purdue hasn’t been ranked since 2007. The next-longest droughts are Kansas (since 2009), Illinois (2011) and Rutgers (2012).

— No. 22 Texas moved back into the rankings after beating Kansas State and knocking the Wildcats out of the Top 25.

— No. 25 Oklahoma State moved back into the Top 25 for the second time this season.

— San Diego State fell out after losing to Nevada.

RANK TEAM PV RANK
1 LSU 1
2 Ohio State 3
3 Clemson 4
4 Alabama 2
5 Georgia 6
6 Oregon 7
7 Minnesota 13
8 Utah 8
9 Penn State 5
10 Oklahoma 9
11 Florida 10
12 Baylor 11
13 Auburn 12
14 Michigan 14
15 Wisconsin 16
16 Notre Dame 15
17 Cincinnati 17
18 Memphis 19
19 Boise State 21
20 SMU 23
21 Navy 25
22 Texas N/A
23 Iowa 18
24 Indiana N/A
25 Oklahoma State N/A

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