Let’s take a look at the updated rankings in the Big Ten and across the nation after the weekend.
The Ohio State Buckeyes remains the top dog in the conference after taking care of the Michigan Wolverines. The Buckeyes are No. 2 in both updated polls, while Michigan fell down to No. 18 in the Coaches Poll and No. 17 in the AP Poll after suffering their third loss.
As previously noted, Wisconsin jumped up, and is now the second highest ranked team in the conference, while Minnesota fell to No. 15.
Right on Wisconsin’s heels is the Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 11 in the Coaches Poll, and No. 12 in the AP. In a duel for a possible Rose Bowl berth, Penn State is only a spot or two behind the Badgers, and is in a spot to make the bowl bid a close call.
Iowa rounds out the conference at No. 19 according to the Coaches, and No. 18 according to the press.
POLL ALERT: Utah climbs to No. 5 in AP Top 25 presented by @askRegions; Alabama ends historic run in top five, falls to No. 9; LSU, Ohio St top poll.— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) December 1, 2019
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- LSU, Ohio State, and Clemson each received first place votes in the polls, and are the only undefeated squads remaining across the FBS.
- Georgia, Utah, Oklahoma, and Baylor all have only one loss and are ranked in the top 10 entering conference championship week.
- The American Athletic Conference has just as many ranked teams (three), as the Pac-12 Conference, and more than the Big 12, and the ACC, who each only have two teams in the polls.
- Memphis is currently in the driver’s seat to get the group of five automatic bid into a New Year's Six Bowl assuming they beat Cincinnati again this weekend.
welp...— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) December 1, 2019
UPDATED SP+ TOP 10
1 Ohio St (still 99.5 pctile)
2 Bama, of course
7 Utah (up 1)
8 Florida (up 1)
9 Penn St (down 2)
10 Wisconsin (up 2)
* UGA now 1st on D and in spec tms
* Hawaii, CMU, UK all rose 11+ spots
* UCLA, Troy, NC ST all fell 11+
AP Top 25: No. 22 Virginia; No. 25 Air Force
Coaches Poll: No. 22 Virginia; No. 25 Air Force
AP Top 25: No. 21 Oklahoma State; No. 23 Virginia Tech
Coaches Poll: No. 21 Oklahoma State; No. 23 Virginia Tech