A week where Villanova barely had to break a sweat has Jay Wright and his Wildcats holding steady in the latest AP poll.
After making quick work of Nicholls St. on Tuesday and then Lafayette Friday evening in Allentown, the 'Cats are the No. 5 team in the land for the second straight week. They moved up from No. 6 last week after leapfrogging now-No.8 Kentucky.
There's an excellent chance things are going to get much trickier for the Wildcats this week as they head to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, which starts Wednesday vs. Western Kentucky. But a potential second-round matchup with No. 18 Purdue looms Thursday, as does a potential championship showdown of titanic proportions with No. 2 Arizona on Friday.
But the 'Cats aren't the only team with some AP poll notoriety this week.
Fran Dunphy's 3-0 Temple team received four votes this week after capturing the Charleston Classic crown. The Owls earned the honors with victories over Old Dominion, Auburn and Clemson.
The Owls next game is their first of the season in the Big 5 as they'll travel to Olney to face La Salle on Sunday. The Owls and Wildcats will meet in North Philly on Dec. 13.
Duke was again No. 1 in this week's poll. Arizona leaped to No. 2, Kansas held its ground at No. 3 and Michigan State slipped to No. 4 before Villanova rounded out the top 5.
The new season is only one game old for Villanova, but Jay Wright and his Wildcats are already moving up the AP poll.
In the newest poll released Monday, the 'Cats moved up a slot to No. 5 following a 75-60 win over Columbia last Friday in the season opener at the Wells Fargo Center.
Kentucky, which was No. 5 last week, slid down two spots after slogging through closer-than-anticipated wins against Utah Valley and Vermont.
The top four remained unchanged this week as Duke stayed at No. 1, Michigan State held firm at No. 2, Arizona parked at No. 3 and Kansas stayed rooted at No. 4.
Villanova hits the court twice this coming week — Tuesday vs. Nichols State at the Wells Fargo Center and Friday vs. Lafayette at PPL Center in Allentown.
After a long weather delay, three Trace McSorley interceptions and a first half in which Saquon Barkley rushed for zero yards, Penn State still had a chance to beat Big 10 foe Michigan State in East Lansing.
However, with the score locked at 24-24, quarterback Brian Lewerke and the Spartans put together a 62-yard drive to set up a game-winning field goal with four seconds left and all but end Penn State's College Football Playoff hopes. The Nittany Lions' (7-2) 27-24 loss dropped them nine spots to No. 16 in the latest AP poll after spending the entire season in the top 10.
Elsewhere in the Big 10, then-No. 6 Ohio State (7-2) got blown out at Iowa and tumbled to No. 11 in the poll. Unbeaten Wisconsin (9-0) dropped two spots to No. 6 despite a 45-17 drubbing of Indiana and is now the only Big 10 team in the top 10.
Alabama (9-0) and Georgia (9-0) remained No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the AP Top 25, while Notre Dame (8-1), Clemson (8-1) and Oklahoma (8-1) moved up to Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively, after wins Saturday.
In the College Football Playoff rankings, Georgia was ranked No. 1 last week, followed by Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson. The newest rankings come out Tuesday evening.
Penn State will look to get back on track next week at home against Rutgers.