College Football Rankings 2011, Week 10: Nebraska, Penn State Ascend In Coaches Poll

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 29: Quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers tries to slip past linebacker Max Bullough #40 of the Michigan State Spartans during their game at Memorial Stadium October 29, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Thanks to victories by Nebraska and Penn State, the Big 10 was able to retain two teams inside the top 15 of the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Neither win was pretty, but victories on Saturday by the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Penn State Nittany Lions have given both teams a boost in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Big Red moved from No. 13 to No. 9 after a 24-3 dismantling of the Michigan State Spartans in Lincoln. Penn State eked by Illinois in State College after Illini kicker Derek Dimke bounced a game tying field goal off of the upright as time expired. The Nittany Lions, who now sit at 8-1 on the season, climbed to No. 15 from last week's spot at No. 19.

As for the losers, Michigan State dropped from No. 10 to No. 16, and the WIsconsin Badgers, who suffered their second straight heartbreaking loss, this time in Columbus to Ohio State, slid down to No. 17 from No. 11. The Buckeyes, who have scratched their way to 5-3 on the year, are lurking after receiving 21 votes in this week's poll.

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