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:
|1||Ohio State (61)||Ohio State|
|3||Michigan State (3)||Georgia|
|5||Ole Miss||Michigan State|
|8||Notre Dame||Florida State|
|15||Texas A&M||Texas A&M|
The AP Poll, which had the Wildcats ranked 23rd last week, will be released later today.