No. 25 Wisconsin is back in the rankings to keep Ohio State from being the only Big Ten team.
Michigan has spent most of this season winning games and dropping in the rankings. Barely slipping by Akron and Connecticut is no way to impress voters.
So it should be no surprise that when the Wolverines finally lost, 43-40 in quadruple overtime at Penn State, Michigan dropped out of the Top 25 for the first time this season.
It was an uplifting victory for Penn State after losing at home to Central Florida and at Indiana. It was also a win for those driven crazy by conservative play-calling.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke played for field goals and got burned.
Penn State coach Bill O’Brien went for it on a fourth-and-1 at the 16 instead of attempting a tying field goal and was rewarded with a victory. It was a good gamble, mostly because it wasn’t all that much of a gamble. That O’Brien, who frequently goes on fourth down, understands this is one of his best attributes.
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No. 12 Baylor is the highest ranked team in the Big 12 for the first time since the league started in 1996, taking advantage of Oklahoma’s surprising loss to Texas. The Sooners fell six spots to No. 18. ... No. 9 UCLA and No. 10 Miami have their best rankings since October 2005.
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