Northwestern moves up to 16 in latest poll

Northwestern moves up to 16 in latest poll
September 29, 2013, 11:45 am
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Vinnie Duber

Northwestern's big showdown with Ohio State just got slightly bigger.

The Wildcats, despite playing no game in Week 5, moved up to No. 16 in the AP top 25 poll Sunday. They also climbed to No. 15 in the coaches poll.

This means that Saturday night's nationally telecast date with the Buckeyes will pit the Nos. 4 and 16 teams in the country against one another, as Ohio State remained at No. 4 after beating Wisconsin on Saturday night.

[MORE: Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 5]

The game is getting plenty of hype, and for good reason. In addition to the prime time slot, ESPN announced that its popular College Gameday show will be broadcast from Evanston on Saturday morning.

Saturday game will feature two of the three ranked Big Ten teams in the AP top 25. Wisconsin's loss knocked it out of the top 25. Michigan is the other ranked team, as they sit at No. 19 in the AP poll.

In other local team new, Northern Illinois moved into the coaches poll at No. 23. They are not ranked in the AP top 25.