For the third consecutive season I am back with my own personal Big Ten Football Power Poll. Every week I will rank the Big Ten teams how I see them, first by division, and then all fourteen teams in order. Sometimes there is rationality for how I see them ranked, and sometimes its just how I feel at the time. But I promise the rankings will make general sense—no ranking Rutgers #1 or anything stupid like that. Without further delay, here are the Big Ten power rankings after the second week of the season. As always, let me know in the comments if you disagree.
Well, that was one hell of a Week 3. We have some significant changes after what may go down as Black Saturday in the Big Ten offices.
Big Ten East:
#1 Ohio State Buckeyes
The Buckeyes had the toughest task of the week taking on a #15 ranked TCU team in Jerry’s World down in Arlington. But the Buckeyes were up to the task. They took out TCU 40-28 and have put a stranglehold on the #1 spot both in the East and overall. Tulane comes to town in Urban Meyer’s first game back from suspension and it should be a pretty easy warm up to quite possibly the biggest game of the Big Ten season a week later in Happy Valley.
#2 Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State yawned through a blowout against Kent State 63-10. They open the Big Ten season in the first conference Friday night game of the year when they head to Illinois. There is no reason Penn State should not be hosting a battle of 4-0 teams when the Buckeyes come to town in a week.
#3 Michigan Wolverines
Michigan hosted SMU in the Big House and had no real tough time winning 45-20. They will maybe get a bit more of a test when Nebraska comes to town for the Big Ten opener this week. But then again...
#4 Indiana Hoosiers
Raise your hand if you had Indiana as the third 3-0 team in the East after Ohio State and Penn State. The Hoosiers have taken care of business and are halfway to bowl eligibility after beating Ball State 38-10 last Saturday. Michigan State comes to town Saturday night for a game at the Rock which should give a better idea of where both teams really are at this point of the season.
#5 Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans got a week off to think about their loss to Arizona State and should be chomping at the bit to begin the Big Ten season at Indiana Saturday night.
#6 Maryland Terrapins
Well that was a different Maryland team than we had seen the first two weeks. Temple came into College Park and just dominated the Terps winning 35-14. It s a question which Maryland team is the real one, and with a lot of the uncertainty around their coaching staff coming to a head this Friday, Saturday’s game against the Gophers is anyone’s guess at this time.
#7 Rutgers Scarlet Knights
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 55-14!! Just...WTF Rutgers. How the hell do you lose that bad to Kansas ?? KANSAS?? Oh, and you are now a 6 point underdog to Buffalo at home this week. Seriously. Enjoy the cellar.
Big Ten West
#1 Iowa Hawkeyes
The Hawkeyes have one of the stoutest defenses in the country at the moment and has no trouble with Northern Iowa at Kinnick last Saturday winning 38-14. That sets up a night game against Wisconsin this week. It should be a crazy atmosphere. Its just too bad the Meteor has to go and blow it all up.
#2 Minnesota Golden Gophers
Do I really think Minnesota is better than Wisconsin. No probably not. But these rankings are more of a weekly look at things and frankly the Gophers are 3-0 and looking better than many may have thought. The big question will be if they can keep it going at Maryland and go into the bye at 4-0?
#3 Wisconsin Badgers
Again, do I really think the Badgers are the third best team in the division? No. But there is a punishment for losing to a BYU team that should not have been that big of a threat you your national title aspirations. Win convincingly over Iowa Saturday and the Badgers are back to the top of this list next week.
#4 Northwestern Wildcats
Man this gets ugly in a hurry. No one really deserves this #4 slot right now after last week. So I guess Northwestern gets it by default, but man losing to Akron at home is really really bad. And they get a bye week to stew about it too. Rough.
#5 Nebraska Cornhuskers
So...how about that Scott Frost era. Seems much more like the Bill Callahan era to lose at home to Troy. But here we are. It doesn’t get much easier this week with a trip to Michigan on the schedule. The Huskers may easily be 0-3 after this week.
#6 Illinois Fighting Illini
Congrats Illinois. You get to move out of the bottom even though you lost to South Florida 25-19 on Saturday. But trust me, its not because of you that you are in this spot. Penn State may send you right back to the bottom Friday night.
#7 Purdue Boilermakers
I wonder if the shine is off of Jeff Brohm. A 0-3 start for the Boilermakers is brutal, but it probably gets even worse when a crazy hot Boston College team comes into West Lafayette this Saturday and should have a very good chance to make Purdue 0-4. Ouch.
Overall Big Ten Rankings (last week in parenthesis)
- Ohio State Buckeyes (2)
- Penn State Nittany Lions (3)
- Iowa Hawkeyes (5)
- Michigan Wolverines (4)
- Indiana Hoosiers (10)
- Minnesota Golden Gophers (8)
- Wisconsin Badgers (1)
- Michigan State Spartans (7)
- Maryland Terrapins (6)
- Northwestern Wildcats (9)
- Nebraska Cornhuskers (11)
- Illinois Fighting Illini (14)
- Purdue Boilermakers (12)
- Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13)