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Penn State, Minnesota still atop USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll heading into weekend showdown

by Jason Bryant | Feb 04, 2014
There were no changes among the top five teams in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, but there was some movement in the bottom half of the top 10.

Penn State (13-0) and Minnesota (9-1) are ranked in the top two spots, which will set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 dual on Sunday in Minneapolis, a match that will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.

The Nittany Lions are fresh off a 32-9 victory over No. 11 Michigan. Minnesota topped Indiana 35-6. Iowa (12-2) beat Northwestern over the weekend 31-6. The Hawkeyes remain third, followed by Cornell (9-0) and Northern Iowa (9-0).

Pittsburgh (11-1) moved up to a season-best ranking of No. 6. The Panthers, one of three ACC teams in the rankings, beat West Virginia over the weekend. Nebraska (11-1) moved up to No. 7 and is the fourth Big Ten team in the top seven.

Oklahoma State (6-4) moved up to No. 8 after beating Missouri (6-2), while the Tigers jumped over Oklahoma (8-2) after beating the Sooners 18-15 on Thursday. Missouri moved up a spot to No. 9, while Oklahoma fell to No. 10. 

Chattanooga (13-5) moved up a spot to No. 19, while North Dakota State (7-4) broke into the Top 20 for the first time in school history despite losing to No. 15 Wisconsin over the weekend. 

Stanford won its 15th dual of the season on Monday after wins over Grand Canyon and Arizona State. The Cardinal remain ranked 25th. 

Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
1 Penn State (10) 13-0 250 Big Ten 1
2 Minnesota 9-1 236 Big Ten 2
3 Iowa 12-2 225 Big Ten 3
4 Cornell 9-0 223 EIWA 4
5 Northern Iowa 9-0 216 MAC 5
6 Pittsburgh 11-1 196 ACC 7
7 Nebraska 11-1 183 Big Ten 8
8 Oklahoma State 6-4 181 Big 12 9
9 Missouri 6-2 167 MAC 10
10 Oklahoma 8-2 163 Big 12 6
11 Michigan 9-3 154 Big Ten 11
12 Virginia 15-3 135 ACC 13
13 Ohio State 8-4 131 Big Ten 12
14 Edinboro 8-3 120 EWL 14
15 Wisconsin 12-4 114 Big Ten 15
16 Virginia Tech 15-2 102 ACC 16
17 Iowa State 8-3 85 Big 12 18
18 Illinois 7-6 79 Big Ten 17
19 Chattanooga 13-5 47 SoCon 20
20 North Dakota State 7-4 46 WWC 21
21 Northwestern 6-6 60 Big Ten 19
22 Oregon State 9-5 35 Pac-12 22
23 Lehigh 7-5 30 EIWA 23
24 Purdue 6-6 39 Big Ten 24
25 Stanford 15-4 25 Pac-12 25

Dropped Out: None
Others Receiving Votes: Ohio 50, Kent State 18

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    Penn State, Minnesota still atop USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll heading into weekend showdown

    by Jason Bryant | Feb 04, 2014
    There were no changes among the top five teams in the USA Today/NWCA/AWN Division I Coaches Poll released on Tuesday, but there was some movement in the bottom half of the top 10.

    Penn State (13-0) and Minnesota (9-1) are ranked in the top two spots, which will set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 dual on Sunday in Minneapolis, a match that will be shown live on the Big Ten Network.

    The Nittany Lions are fresh off a 32-9 victory over No. 11 Michigan. Minnesota topped Indiana 35-6. Iowa (12-2) beat Northwestern over the weekend 31-6. The Hawkeyes remain third, followed by Cornell (9-0) and Northern Iowa (9-0).

    Pittsburgh (11-1) moved up to a season-best ranking of No. 6. The Panthers, one of three ACC teams in the rankings, beat West Virginia over the weekend. Nebraska (11-1) moved up to No. 7 and is the fourth Big Ten team in the top seven.

    Oklahoma State (6-4) moved up to No. 8 after beating Missouri (6-2), while the Tigers jumped over Oklahoma (8-2) after beating the Sooners 18-15 on Thursday. Missouri moved up a spot to No. 9, while Oklahoma fell to No. 10. 

    Chattanooga (13-5) moved up a spot to No. 19, while North Dakota State (7-4) broke into the Top 20 for the first time in school history despite losing to No. 15 Wisconsin over the weekend. 

    Stanford won its 15th dual of the season on Monday after wins over Grand Canyon and Arizona State. The Cardinal remain ranked 25th. 

    Rank Team (First) Record Points Conference Previous
    1 Penn State (10) 13-0 250 Big Ten 1
    2 Minnesota 9-1 236 Big Ten 2
    3 Iowa 12-2 225 Big Ten 3
    4 Cornell 9-0 223 EIWA 4
    5 Northern Iowa 9-0 216 MAC 5
    6 Pittsburgh 11-1 196 ACC 7
    7 Nebraska 11-1 183 Big Ten 8
    8 Oklahoma State 6-4 181 Big 12 9
    9 Missouri 6-2 167 MAC 10
    10 Oklahoma 8-2 163 Big 12 6
    11 Michigan 9-3 154 Big Ten 11
    12 Virginia 15-3 135 ACC 13
    13 Ohio State 8-4 131 Big Ten 12
    14 Edinboro 8-3 120 EWL 14
    15 Wisconsin 12-4 114 Big Ten 15
    16 Virginia Tech 15-2 102 ACC 16
    17 Iowa State 8-3 85 Big 12 18
    18 Illinois 7-6 79 Big Ten 17
    19 Chattanooga 13-5 47 SoCon 20
    20 North Dakota State 7-4 46 WWC 21
    21 Northwestern 6-6 60 Big Ten 19
    22 Oregon State 9-5 35 Pac-12 22
    23 Lehigh 7-5 30 EIWA 23
    24 Purdue 6-6 39 Big Ten 24
    25 Stanford 15-4 25 Pac-12 25

    Dropped Out: None
    Others Receiving Votes: Ohio 50, Kent State 18

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