Most of the top-ranked teams avoided any turbulent waters last week.
Nebraska, which is back at No. 1 for the third consecutive week, avoided an upset at the hands of Penn State, winning in five games and keeping its grasp on first place in the Big Ten Conference. The Nittany Lions swept Iowa to snap a four-game skid Saturday. Though Penn State lost it remained at No. 8 with such a close defeat to the top-ranked Huskers.
However, Washington and UCLA both lost in Pac-12 competition and dropped from this week’s Top 10. Washington was stunned in three by Oregon, the same Ducks squad the Huskies had swept last month in Eugene. Meanwhile, Arizona defeated both UCLA and USC for the second time this season, making the topsy-turvy season for the Wildcats even more so.
Arizona upset Oregon two weeks ago but lost to Oregon State the next time out.
Stanford missed any drama by taking care of Utah and Colorado and jumps ahead of both Washington and UCLA in this week’s rankings.
North Carolina held off a pesky Florida State bunch to retain control in the ACC, especially when the Seminoles lost to NC State the prior match. That was a tough week for Florida State.
In the SEC, Missouri took care of Kentucky for the second time this season and remain a game behind Florida in the standings.
Going back to the Big Ten, Indiana kept up a recent run of superb play. Two weeks ago, the Hoosiers surprised Michigan in four games. Last week, Indiana did the same to Ohio State.
As a result, Indiana is in the Top 50 for the first time this season. The Hoosiers making this week’s rankings now means 12 of the 14 Big Ten programs are represented in the Top 50. Only Northwestern and Rutgers are out.
The Pac-12 has nine schools ranked.
Go to Page 2 to see the updated Top 50.