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Note to readers: This story has been updated from its original publication to correct Iowa's ranking to No. 18.

The ugliness of Iowa's performance on offense against Michigan did an expected amount of damage to the Hawkeyes in the national polls.

With another national spotlight game on the horizon Saturday against Penn State, Kirk Ferentz's squad will head into the pivotal Kinnick Stadium contest at No. 18 in the USA TODAY Amway Coaches' Poll, a four-spot drop from 14th before Saturday's 10-3 loss to Michigan, then ranked 18th. The Wolverines inched up to No. 16.

The Nittany Lions, meanwhile, are ranked No. 9 at 5-0. Iowa (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten Conference) stumbled three positions in The Associated Press ranking to No. 17.

The top three in the coaches' poll held steady, with Alabama, Clemson and Georgia firmly entrenched in their positions. Ohio State leapfrogged Oklahoma for fourth after their 34-10 thumping of Michigan State. Wisconsin also moved up a spot to No. 8, and 5-0 Minnesota entered the poll at No. 25.

Iowa State inched its way back into the national conversation by receiving a smattering of votes in The Associated Press poll following its 49-24 blasting of TCU to move to 3-2 on the season. The AP's top four essentially matches that of the coaches', although Ohio State and Georgia share third place. Oklahoma dropped to sixth following a lukewarm showing against Kansas.

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Iowa offensive tackle Alaric Jackson returned to game action against Michigan. How did he feel he played? Hear what he says: Mark Emmert, memmert@gannett.com

FULL COACHES' POLL

  1. Alabama, 1,602 points (42 out of 65 first-place votes)
  2. Clemson, 1,531 (2)
  3. Georgia, 1,459
  4. Ohio State, 1,422 (3)
  5. Oklahoma, 1,378
  6. LSU, 1,364
  7. Florida, 1,218
  8. Wisconsin, 1,164
  9. Penn State, 1,051
  10. Notre Dame, 1,033
  11. Texas, 971
  12. Auburn, 929
  13. Oregon, 866
  14. Boise State, 732
  15. Utah, 655
  16. Michigan, 648
  17. Wake Forest, 498
  18. Iowa, 441
  19. Virginia, 345
  20. Memphis, 318
  21. Texas A&M, 306
  22. SMU, 246
  23. Baylor, 234
  24. Arizona State, 228
  25. Minnesota, 131

Dropped out: No. 16 Washington; No. 19 Central Florida; No. 23 Michigan State; No. 25 Oklahoma State.

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 74; Washington 72; Appalachian State 49; Michigan State 41; Tulane 36; California 17; Hawaii 13; Arizona 13; Central Florida 11; Washington State 9; Navy 8; Texas Christian 5; Mississippi State 3; San Diego State 2; Temple 1; Army 1.

FULL ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

  • 1. Alabama, 1,503
  • 2. Clemson, 1,433
  • T3. Georgia, 1,393
  • T3. Ohio State, 1,393
  • 5. LSU, 1,352
  • 6. Oklahoma, 1,268
  • 7. Florida, 1,163
  • 8. Wisconsin, 1,105
  • 9. Notre Dame, 1,046
  • 10. Penn State, 958
  • 11. Texas, 947
  • 12. Auburn, 920
  • 13. Oregon, 828
  • 14. Boise State, 654
  • 15. Utah, 624
  • 16. Michigan, 618
  • 17. Iowa, 454
  • 18. Arizona State, 388
  • 19. Wake Forest, 380
  • 20. Virginia, 353
  • 21. SMU, 285
  • 22. Baylor, 260
  • 23. Memphis, 189
  • 24. Texas A&M, 165
  • 25. Cincinnati, 118

Others receiving votes: Minnesota 80, Missouri 64, Appalachian State 61, Washington 54, Tulane 25, California 20, Michigan State 17, Arizona 11, UCF 9, USC 5, Iowa State 5, Pittsburgh 2

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