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Gophers move up to No. 8 in College Football Playoff rankings

The Gophers are the second highest-ranked team in the Big Ten, behind only Ohio State, which dropped to No. 2 as LSU supplanted the Buckeyes for the top spot.
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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo, Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck leads him team on the field prior to an NCAA college football game against Maryland, in Minneapolis. Penn State (8-0) plays against Minnesota (8-0) on Saturday, Nov. 9. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs, File)

The Minnesota Gophers football team, after perhaps their biggest victory in more than 50 years, have moved up to No. 8 in the latest NCAA College Football Playoff rankings.

The Gophers, who are 9-0 for the first time since 1904, moved up nine spots following Saturday's 31-26 victory over then-fourth-ranked Penn State.

Minnesota also moved into the top 10 in both the Associated Press and Coaches' Poll — No. 7 in both.

The Gophers are the second highest-ranked team in the Big Ten, behind only Ohio State, which dropped to No. 2 as LSU supplanted the Buckeyes for the top spot.

Minnesota returns to action Saturday against Iowa, which fell two spots to No. 20 in the playoff rankings.

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