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Pitt Rises in AFCA Coaches Poll; Cal, Slippery Rock Move up in DII Rankings

Slippery Rock's Noah Grover. Photo Slippery Rock University athletics.

WACO, Texas – Pitt rose two spots to No. 14 in the AFCA USA Today Coaches Poll following a 38-31 win over West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl on Thursday.

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The Panthers rose from No. 16 to No. 14.

Notre Dame, meanwhile, fell four spots from No. 5 to No. 9 following a season-opening loss at No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday.

Penn State remains just outside the Top 25 after a season-opening 35-31 at Purdue on Thursday. The Nittany Lions are second in the “Others Receiving Votes” category and No. 27 overall with 138 votes.

In the Associated Press Top 25, Notre Dame is No. 8, Pitt No. 17 and Penn State just outside the poll.


Both California University and Slippery Rock moved up in the Division AFCA Division II rankings after Week 1 victories.

Cal, which beat Fairmont St. 35-15 in Week 1, moved up from No. 21 to No. 17. They will travel to Kutztown, which fell from No. 13 to out of the poll after a 3-0 loss to Assumption, on Saturday.

Slippery Rock, meanwhile, moved up to No. 18 (from 23) following a 42-10 win over Wayne St. in Week 1. The Rock will travel to West Chester on Saturday.

IUP is in “Others Receiving Votes


While no Presidents’ Athletic Conference teams made the Week 1, Top 25, Carnegie Mellon, and Washington & Jefferson are in the “Others Receiving Votes” category.

CMU is coming off a 35-17 win over Whitworth, while W&J beat John Carroll 35-26 in Week 1

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