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Pitt Ranked No. 24 in AP Poll



Coming off Pitt’s 34-13 win over Wake Forest on Saturday that cliched the Panthers’ first ACC Coastal Division title, Pitt is ranked in both major national polls.

The Associated Press has ranked Pitt at No. 24 in the AP’s Top 25 for Week 12. Pitt was also ranked No. 25 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The last time Pitt was ranked in any poll was Week 14 in 2016, when the AP ranked Pitt No. 22 heading into the Panthers’ Pinstripe Bowl battle with Northwestern, but Pitt was not ranked in the coaches poll in 2016.

The Panthers haven’t been a consensus choice since Week 8 of 2015, when Pitt was 6-1 before losing a home game to North Carolina on Thursday night.

Pitt was also ranked No. 23 by the College Football Playoff committee in 2016. That poll won’t come out until Tuesday night.

Clemson, Pitt’s ACC Championship Game opponent, is ranked No. 2. Elsewhere in the ACC, Syracuse dropped seven spots to No. 18 after losing to No. 3 Notre Dame. Boston College dropped from the rankings after losing to unranked Florida State.

Regionally, Penn State moved up one place to No. 15 after knocking off Rutgers and West Virginia’s loss to Oklahoma State dropped the Mountaineers five spots to No. 12.

Here’s the rest of this week’s AP Top 25.

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Notre Dame
4. Michigan
5. Georgia
6. Oklahoma
7. Washington State
8. UCF
9. LSU
10. Ohio State
11. Texas
12. West Virginia
13. Florida
14. Utah State
15. Penn State
16. Washington
17. Kentucky
18. Utah
19. Syracuse
20. Northwestern
21. Boise State
22. Mississippi State
23. Army
24. PITT
25. Iowa State

Others receiving votes: Fresno State (100), NC State (45), Cincinnati (43), Missouri (34), Texas A&M (29), Auburn (11), Stanford (8), Iowa (8), UAB (5), Houston (3), Wisconsin (2), Buffalo (1), Troy (1).

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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