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Minnesota ranked No. 7 in Coaches Poll and AP Top 25

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The Gophers are where they belong: the Top 10

Minnesota Golden Gophers remain undefeated after winning against Penn State Photo by Mark Vancleave /Star Tribune via Getty Images

The Minnesota Golden Gophers beat a Top 10-ranked opponent for the first time since 2000, to improve to 9-0 on the season for the first time since 1904, and are now ranked in the Top 10 in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25 for the first time since 1962.

The Gophers’ elite 31-26 program-redefining victory over Penn State has them ranked in the Top 10, checking in at No. 7 in the Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25. It is their highest ranking since 1962, when Minnesota was 6-1-1 in Week 9 and ranked No. 5 in the AP Top 25.

Among Big Ten teams, Minnesota trails only Ohio State in either poll. The Buckeyes moved up to No. 2 in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25, taking advantage of Alabama’s loss to LSU. Penn State dropped to No. 11 in the Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the AP Top 25 after their loss to the Gophers. Wisconsin crept up to No. 15 in both polls with a narrow victory over Iowa, who is hanging on by a thread at No. 22 in the Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the AP Top 25. Michigan held steady at No. 14 in both polls after a bye week. And Indiana is ranked for the first time this season at No. 24 in the AP Top 25 and at No. 25 in the Coaches Poll.