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Pitt Jumps Back Into AP and Coaches Polls After Win Against Duke



While the College Football Playoff poll is the only poll that matters at this point in the season, Pitt has still made the jump back into both the AP and Coaches polls after a 54-29 win over Duke.

While toward the bottom of all three polls, Pitt is now ranked in all three major polls associated with college football.

Pitt is back as the No. 25 team in the Week 11 AP Poll, jumped to No. 22 in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll and checked in at No. 25 in last Tuesday’s CFP Poll.

Despite some scares for the AP’s top-ranked teams, the Top 4 remains unchanged this week. Georgia (1,575 points, 63 first-place votes) cruised to a 43-6 win over Missouri, but half of the Top 4 struggled.

Cincinnati (1,440 points) remains second after a 28-20 grind against Tulsa, continuing a trend of playing down to its competition. Alabama (1,436 points) remains third after letting LSU hang around, and Oklahoma (1,406 points) stuck at No. 4 after a bye week.

Oregon (1,319 points) and Ohio State (1,293 points) survived upset scares against Washington and Nebraska, respectively, to occupy the fifth and sixth seeds. Notre Dame (1,139 points), Michigan State (1,096), Michigan (1,072 points) and Oklahoma State (1,038 points) round out the Top 10.

Michigan State suffered Week 10’s biggest upset, falling to unranked Purdue 40-29 after last week’s huge win over Michigan.

The ACC’s playoff chances took a hit as well, with Wake Forest (763 points) suffering an upset at the hands of Sam Howell and North Carolina. The Demon Deacons remain the conference’s highest-ranked team at No. 13.

North Carolina State back jumped into the Top 25 after a 28-14 win over Florida State, checking in at No. 21, and Pitt (194 points) claimed the final spot in the poll.

The ACC had no teams in the “Others receiving votes” category.

The Coaches Poll featured a rise from previously ranked Pitt squad, joining a pair of ranked ACC Atlantic squads.

Georgia (1,600 points, 64 first-place votes) remains the consensus top-ranked team in the nation, but Alabama (1,483 points) jumped Cincinnati (1,430 points) after both teams struggled against lesser competition in Week 10 — although comparing LSU and Tulsa is a bit different.

Oklahoma (1,423 points) and Ohio State (1,356 points) round out the otherwise unchanged Top 5.

Oregon (1,291 points), Notre Dame (1,182 points) and Michigan (1,099 points) jumped a Michigan State (1,074 points) squad that was upset by Purdue, and Oklahoma State (1,045 points) claimed the final Top 10 spot.

Wake Forest (769 points) checked in at No. 13, falling four spots after the loss to North Carolina. North Carolina (445 points) jumped No. 19 and Pitt (293 points) jumped three spots to No. 22.

Clemson received three points in the “Others receiving votes” category after a 30-24 win over Louisville.

To check out the full AP Poll, click here, and to check out the full Coaches Poll, click here.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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