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Northwestern rises to No. 19 in Week 4 USA Today Coaches Poll

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Northwestern's road win at Duke plus a Stanford upset at USC puts the Wildcats inside the top 20

The Week 4 Amway Coaches Poll was released mid-day Sunday, and Northwestern has jumped from No. 24 last week up to No. 19 this week.

The Wildcats defeated Duke 19-10 in Durham yesterday. Their five-spot jump is tied for the second-biggest in the poll with LSU. Ole Miss, who jumped six spots to No. 9 after beating Alabama, had the biggest jump.

Also working in Northwestern's favor was Stanford's impressive win at USC last night. Stanford, who jumped to No. 24 in this week's poll after being unranked last week, lost to Northwestern in Week 1, 16-6.

Northwestern is the third-highest ranked Big Ten team in the poll behind Ohio State, who remains No. 1 despite an unimpressive win over Northern Illinois, and Michigan State, who moves up to No. 3 after defeating Air Force. Behind Northwestern is Wisconsin at No. 21.

Here is the entire poll along with the Massey composite, which had Northwestern at No. 22:

Coaches Massey
1 Ohio State (61) Ohio State
2 TCU Alabama
3 Michigan State (3) Georgia
4 Baylor Ole Miss
5 Ole Miss Michigan State
6 Georgia TCU
7 Florida State Baylor
8 Notre Dame Florida State
9 LSU UCLA
10 Clemson LSU
11 UCLA Notre Dame
12 Alabama Georgia Tech
13 Oregon Clemson
14 Oklahoma Oklahoma
15 Texas A&M Texas A&M
16 Arizona Oregon
17 Utah USC
18 USC Stanford
19 Northwestern Arizona
20 Georgia Tech Utah
21 Wisconsin Wisconsin
22 Oklahoma State Northwestern
23 Missouri Kansas State
24 Stanford BYU
25 Auburn West Virginia

The AP Poll, which had the Wildcats ranked 23rd last week, will be released later today.