As expected, the Minnesota Golden Gophers moved to No. 1 in this week’s USA Today/NWCA Division I Coaches Poll following a weekend win over then top-ranked Penn State 18-17.

The Gophers (10-1) received eight out of 10 first-place votes to become only the second team ranked No. 1 this season. Penn State held the No. 1 spot since the initial preseason ranking.

Penn State (13-1) dropped one spot to No. 2, while the top five remained the same as Iowa (13-2), Cornell (10-0) and Northern Iowa (11-0) remained ranked third through fifth. Pittsburgh (12-1) remained No. 6.

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Oklahoma State (8-4) moved up to No. 7 after two weekend wins, including a 29-9 win over rival Oklahoma (9-3) at Bedlam. Oklahoma fell one spot to No. 11 this week

Michigan (10-4) jumped into the top 10 after a weekend win at Nebraska, although the Wolverines were hammered by Iowa on Sunday. The Wolverines are ranked eighth, followed by Nebraska (11-2) and Missouri (8-2).

Spots 10-20 remained unchanged with the only other movement coming in spots 21-25. Oregon State (9-6) was upset by unranked Arizona State over the weekend. The Beavers dropped three spots to No. 25, while Lehigh (8-5) moved up to No. 21, followed by Stanford (17-4), Northwestern (6-7) and Purdue (6-7).

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Rank,Team (First),Record,Points,Conference,Previous
1,Minnesota (8),10-1,398,Big Ten,2
2,Penn State (2),13-1,392,Big Ten,1
3,Iowa,13-2,377,Big Ten,3
5,Northern Iowa,11-0,362,MAC,5
7,Oklahoma State,8-4,332,Big 12,8
8,Michigan,10-4,321,Big Ten,11
9,Nebraska,11-2,319,Big Ten,7
11,Oklahoma,9-3,301,Big 12,10
13,Ohio State,9-4,277,Big Ten,13
15,Wisconsin,12-4,260,Big Ten,15
16,Virginia Tech,15-3,257,ACC,16
17,Iowa State,8-4,236,Big 12,17
18,Illinois,9-6,229,Big Ten,18
20,North Dakota State,9-4,203,WWC,20
23,Northwestern,6-7,177,Big Ten,21
24,Purdue,6-7,148,Big Ten,24
25,Oregon State,9-6,109,Pac-12,22

Dropped Out: None
Others Receiving Votes: Kent State 32, Central Michigan 17, Arizona State 16, Navy 16, Ohio 16, Old Dominion 16

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