Despite its 40-30 loss to Ohio State on Saturday night, Northwestern only fell three spots to No. 19 in the latest AP poll.
The respectful drop in the rankings is likely an accurate one, thanks to many voters actually seeing the nationally televised game, the extremely high caliber of the team the Wildcats lost to and the fact that Northwestern played a very competitive game.
Northwestern was ranked No. 16 heading into Saturday's big showdown.
In the USA Today coaches poll, the Wildcats also dropped three spots, falling from No. 15 to No. 18.
Ohio State, meanwhile, remains ranked the No. 4 team in the country after the win.
One team that jumped the Wildcats in the rankings was Michigan, the only other Big Ten team ranked in the top 25. The Wolverines scored a 42-13 win over Minnesota.
Northwestern's fellow Land of Lincoln team Northern Illinois entered the AP top 25 at No. 23 this week following the Huskies' 38-24 win over Kent State. NIU remains at No. 23 in the coaches poll.