Big Ten football: Three teams stay in AP Top 10, Michigan drops out of poll

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 21: Kevin Givens /

With the release of the newest AP Top 25, Big Ten football is well represented.

With Penn State’s dominant win on Saturday, they still appear to be the best chance at a representative from the Big Ten football ranks in the postseason playoffs. That dominant victory also means that Michigan has officially fallen out of the Top 25 for the first time in quite a while.

Other conference teams in the Top 10 are Wisconsin at number five and Ohio State at number six. The Buckeyes being within shouting distance of the postseason playoffs is interesting if only because they are the lone team in the top six teams with a loss.

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The Buckeyes will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions next week. An Ohio State loss likely ends their hopes of making the playoff while a Penn State loss would just throw the system into a kind of chaos.

The only other Big Ten team that managed to make the Top 25 is Michigan State. Coming off a nightmare 2016 season, the Spartans have been shocking the NCAA world with their continued success. That success includes a victory last week over the Wolverines.

The Spartans have moved up two more spots in the latest rankings, from 18th to 16th this week. While Michigan is technically out of the rankings, they are still getting quite a few votes. Technically, the Wolverines are the 27th ranked team with 60 votes.

Big Ten football and Michigan Wolverines can take a little solace in knowing the team managed to just barely hang on to a ranking in the coaches poll as they are ranked 25th.