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.SalSoothsayerr and another blog covering the whole conference, www.talking10.com With out any further delay, I bring you the Preseason Version, of the Big Ten Power Poll.
Big Ten East
1. Ohio State (Previously #1)
The only way this was changing was if MSU had blown out Oregon. They didn't...and Ohio State shut out Hawaii. Thus....they stay
2. Michigan State (Previously #2)
The Spartans looked impressive on Saturday night against the Ducks. But not impressive enough to jump the Buckeyes.
3. Michigan (Previously #5)
Harbaugh got his first victory over Oregon State, and should get #2 over UNLV this week. Now the rest of the east better improve fast.
4. Penn State (Previously #6)
Well...they won a game, so thats a start. But yeah, they still don't look great. They open the Big Ten this week against Rutgers in what needs to be a must win.
5. Indiana (Previous #7)
Hey there 2-0 Hoosiers...how ya doing. Now you didn't actually beat anybody good...or even decent, but that hasn't stopped you before. Looks like Western Kentucky gets to continue that trend.
6. Rutgers (Previously #3)
Losing to Washington State like you did was not good. Losing your best player for throwing a female to the ground....yeah really not good. Hope you like unemployment Kyle Flood.
7. Maryland (previous #4)
Woof. getting your ass kicked at home by Bowling Green? Come on Terps....
Big Ten West
1. Wisconsin (Previously #1)
Wisconsin beat up on Miami Ohio. Yep...good for them. They should do the same to Troy this weekend. Way to challenge yourself Badgers
2. Iowa (Previously #5)
Should Iowa have jumped this high for just beating Iowa State....probably not. But they actually look competent so far. Lets see what playing a decent team in Pitt will do to them this weekend.
3.Minnesota (Previously #2)
Well...I think we've talked this one to death. Beat up on Kent State, get healthy and stay here until you either beat or lose to Big Ten teams...
4. Northwestern (Previously #4)
Eastern Illinois doesn't count...but if you go into Duke and beat the Blue Devils this weekend, then we will actually have to take you seriously Wildcats.
5. Nebraska (Previously #3)
It's tough to drop two slots when beating up on a crappy FCS team, but I just felt others deserved to be higher. Go down to Miami and beat the Canes you can bounce right back up Huskers.
6. Illinois (previously #6)
Arguably could be higher...but lets get real. If you go into Chapel Hill and beat the Tar Heels on Saturday, the Big Ten will need to take notice and realize it was all Beckman's fault.
7. Purdue (previously #7)
Congrats on beating Indiana State I guess? Something tells me the Hokies will be a little tougher task this Saturday.
In case you are a pre-divisions purist, and want to see how teams stack up overall, here is my overall Top 14:
1. Ohio State (Previously #1)
2. Michigan State (#2)
3. Wisconsin (#3)
4. Iowa (#7)
5. Minnesota (#4)
6. Northwestern (#6)
7. Nebraska (#5)
10.Penn State (#12)
11. Purdue (#13)
12. Indiana (#14)
The west rises to the top, while the east drops. Wouldn't look to bad if it wasn't for the two newest teams. The Big Ten should drop some games this weekend which should move some things around. Three tough road games for Illinois, Northwestern and Nebraska. But if they all win....watch out.
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