It was a good opening-week performance for Penn State against Akron, and the voters took notice.
The Nittany Lions jumped from No. 6 to No. 4 in this week’s Associated Press poll, after whipping Akron, 52-0. They blew past Florida State, who dropped from No. 3 to No. 10 after a 24-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama, and also received more votes than USC, which dropped from No. 4 to 6 after a mostly uneven 49-31 win over Western Michigan.
Alabama, of course, stayed at No. 1, with Ohio State at No. 2. Clemson moved up to No. 3.
They made the same jump, from 6 to 4, in the Coaches Poll.
There seemed to be a bit more disagreement about this week’s opponent for the Nittany Lions. Pittsburgh received just one vote in the AP Poll, but got 19 from the Coaches.
Four of the top nine teams in the country — the Buckeyes, Nittany Lions, No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 Wisconsin — are from the Big Ten.