As a member of the "working media" we get requests to help out other "media" in their articles and pursuits. Then sometimes we get to steal their ideas and content for our own gain. Thus, we bring you the Big Ten Power Poll!
I am a voting member in two power polls this season on other websites. If you want to compare my votes to other "writers" from around the Big Ten, I'm sure they would love a click as well. Check out the Rutgers Blog www.SalSoothsayer and another blog covering the whole conference, www.talking10.com.
Here is the poll after week 4:
Big Ten East
1. Michigan State
Beating Craig Bohl and Wyoming is just another warmup to the main event against Nebraska this weekend
2. Ohio State
They took a decent Cincinnati team to the woodshed. They are looking better and batter as J.T. Barrett sees more action. A Spartan struggle next week could see the Buckeyes move up.
Maryland took care of Indiana who may have been suffering a bit of a letdown after their big upset of Missouri. So far the Terps have been taking care of business.
4. Penn State
About that taking care of business thing Nittany Lions.... Northwestern took you guys out, and you are lucky you didn't drop further.
Beating up on Tulane won;t get you any movement points. Now if you take out Michigan this week we can chat.
Not often do you lose like that to Maryland and move up. But its not your fault.
Jugged. Lame duck coach, maybe a lame duck AD, quarterback controversy. Yeah this has the potential to get even uglier if that's possible.
Big Ten West
They got off to another slow start but played well late to hang onto this spot. Though a big Husker win next week will probably usurp them.
You did what you needed to do to beat Illinois. Now lets see how do you against a real Big Ten team.
Little Brown Jug. That's all I need to say.
You beat your most hated rival in Purdue, and looked like you belong here. That's good. Enjoy your bye week.
You had a really nice win there Wildcats. Impressive. Lets see if you can to that to Wisconsin now please.
Well going into Lincoln that will happen to you sometimes Illinois. You need to pick it up again if you don't want to drop to Purdue.
Losing to Iowa was expected. But if you want a Big Ten win this year, it might be this week or bust.
In case you are a pre-divisions purist, and want to see how teams stack up overall, here is my overall Top 14:
1. Michigan State NC
2. Ohio State NC
3. Wisconsin NC
4. Nebraska NC
5. Maryland +1
6. Minnesota +2
7. Penn State -2
8. Rutgers -1
9. Iowa NC
10. Northwestern +2
11. Indiana NC
12. Illinois +1
13. Michigan -3
14. Purdue NC
The Wolverines keep dropping, the Gophers and Terrapins move on up. Couple of big games this week that could change things for next week.
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