The Nittany Lions were ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings heading into the weekend's action. And despite No. 1 Texas' road loss to Texas Tech, PSU remained at No. 3. The Red Raiders, ranked No. 7 in the BCS a week ago, climbed past the Lions to No. 2.
In the meantime, in the USA Today coaches poll, PSU moved from third to second.
In the Associated Press media poll, though, Penn State remained at No. 3, with the 9-0 Red Raiders moving up from No. 6 in the previous week's poll to No. 2 this week.
Alabama, which clocked Arkansas State over the weekend, is No. 1 in the BCS rankings and both major polls this week after sitting a No. 2 behind Texas last week.
The results of the two major polls show a clear difference in opinion between the coaches and media. In the USA Today poll, the Nittany Lions are a comfortable No. 2 with 1,437 points and 14 first-place votes. The Red Raiders have 1,409 points and six first-place votes.
In the AP poll, Tech is only three points ahead of Penn State, 1,528-1,525. The Red Raiders received 12 first-place votes to the Nittany Lions' 6.
The USA Today poll counts toward the BCS standings. The AP poll does not count toward the BCS standings.
Penn State is at unranked Iowa this weekend. Texas Tech face No. 9 Oklahoma State in Lubbock. Alabama travels to No. 16 LSU. -30- Thinking of going bowling with the Nittany Lions this year? We are now accepting deposits on BCS Championship packages.
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