Minnesota Ranked #25 in Two Polls

The Minnesota Gophers are ranked #25 in the country as six teams fell out of the top 25. The Gophers had a bye this weekend and will face Purdue on the road Saturday. When Minnesota arrives in West Lafayette, they will have a Top 25 ranking beside their name for the first time since 2005. There are nine undefeated teams, 14 teams with one loss and two teams with two losses in the Top 25.

Nine teams ranked in the top 25 lost this past week. BYU, which was ranked #9, lost to TCU, ranked #27 32-7 on Thursday. The loss by BYU caused the Cougars to drop nine spots, while the Horned Frogs, ranked one spot ahead of the Gophers last week, jumped up to #15.

Eleventh-ranked Missouri lost for the second straight week, falling to #1 Texas, causing them to fall to #16. Conference rival Kansas lost to #4 Oklahoma as they slipped to #19.

ACC teams Virginia Tech (ranked #17), #18 North Carolina and #21 Wake Forest fell for the second time this season as they all dropped out of the newest top 25.

Michigan State, ranked #20, #22 Vanderbilt and #25 California also lost for the second time this year and fell out of the top 25.

Tulsa, which is 7-0 and was ranked #26, moved up to #22. ACC squads Florida State, ranked #29, and #30 Georgia Tech both won this past weekend and jumped past Minnesota to move up to #24 and 21, respectively. Kentucky and Gopher homecoming opponent Northwestern just missed making the top 25 for the first time this season.

The last national ranking for the Gophers came on Oct. 9, 2005. Minnesota was ranked #22 in that poll, but dropped from the rankings the next week following a loss to Wisconsin.

In addition to the AP and USA Today polls, Minnesota is ranked No. 24 in the first BCS rankings of the season. The Gophers are No. 25 in the Harris Interactive poll, which is part of the BCS formula. The BCS formula also uses the USA Today poll and six different computer rankings. Those computer rankings have Minnesota tied for a No. 21 ranking.

The 25th-ranked Minnesota football team will play at Purdue this Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. The game will be televised on ESPN Classic.

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