Pitt had more arrests (2) than wins (0) in the past seven days, so it should be no surprise that they're still on the outside looking in of the AP Top 25 poll.
Nonetheless, the Panthers came in just short on the poll released on Sunday, placing 27th in the country with 40 poll points despite a week off. But this coming week presents a genuine opportunity to make some noise if they so desire, as #19 Miami (1-1) comes to Heinz Field on Thursday night.
Sadly, the Panthers are still the second-highest ranked team among Big East members, with foe West Virginia coming in at #22 after their Saturday win over Maryland. We'll check back on the national perception of the 'Eers after Saturday night's tall task at #15 LSU, but for now, they're the best the conference has to offer in the eyes of this poll.
As for the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1), they are the nation's 23rd ranked team at the moment. Fresh off a blowout win over Kent State on Saturday, the Nittany Lions defend their home turf next week against 3-0 Temple. The competition steps up a notch for PSU in their fifth game, as they'll travel to #18 Iowa on Saturday, October 2.
The top five teams in the poll all remained intact, as Alabama, Ohio State, Boise State, TCU, and Oregon were all victorious. Several top-25 teams will face off this coming weekend, including 1 Alabama at 10 Arkansas, 24 Oregon State at 3 Boise State, 12 South Carolina at 17 Auburn, and the aforementioned 22 WVU at 15 LSU.