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B1G Power Rankings – Week 2

There’s been a shake-up atop the Big Ten Power Rankings board after only one week. With some big games played, historic games even and some performances teams would like to forget occurring in week two, most teams are starting to show their worth against the non-conference opponents. Don’t blame me, I just calls em’ like I sees em’. And I sees a new #1 team in the Big Ten.

Team Rank
(Big Ten)
Wisconsin Logo 1 (4) 2-0 (0-0) Wisconsin makes the big jump up to number one in part due to QB Russel Wilson’s 3 TD, 189 yard performance against Oregon St. Also because once again the Wisconsin ground game controlled the tempo with 208-yards to Oregon St’s 23.
Michigan State Logo 2 (6) 2-0 (0-0) MSU covered the 32 point spread and more against Florida Atlantic and their defense allowed only 48 total yards and one first down to the Spartan opponent from the south…1 first down.
Nebraska Logo 3 (2) 2-0 (0-0) Nebraska was in a fight for much of the game against a feisty Fresno State team and trailed 17-14 at the half. It took 3 touchdowns in the 4th to pull away for good and seal the victory. I almost dropped Nebraska to 4th this week ahead of…
Michigan Logo 4 (7) 2-0 (0-0) The Michigan Wolverines did not at all disappoint in their Under the Lights game Saturday night against Notre Dame. Many Wolverine supporters are calling the victory the greatest win ever for the Maize and Blue. Denard Robinson literally won this game twice in the closing 1:12. Is Michigan really the 4th best team in the Big Ten right now? For this week they are.
Ohio State Logo 5 (1) 2-0 (0-0) Last week, Ohio State earned their #1 ranking because of the 42-0 performance they put on against Akron in a game I felt showed the team was past the off-season turmoil. This week, another in-state team (Toledo) gave the Buckeyes much more trouble and OSU barley escaped with a 27-22 victory. For that effort, Ohio State drops 4 spots.
Northwestern Logo 6 (8) 2-0 (0-0) Watch out for Northwestern and for the second week in a row, it’s possible their ranking in this poll does not exactly match the team’s performance on the field. Even without starting QB Dan Pursa, the Wildcats managed to score 42 points and churned-up Eastern Illinois with 320 yards on the ground. If they beat Army this week on the road, I promise Pat Fitzgerald’s team will move up in next week’s poll no-matter what happens ahead of them.
Illinois Logo 7 (10) 2-0 (0-0) Illinois dropped 56 on the poor ole’ Jackrabbits of South Dakota State on Saturday and allowed only 96 total yards and a field goal to their opponent. The Illini offense has scored the most points in the Big Ten this year (89) and will get a big test this week against the #22 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils when they come calling Saturday.
Iowa Logo 8 (5) 1-1 (0-0) In-state battles are always tough, I’ll give you that. And you can’t win them all, which after three tries, Iowa didn’t as Iowa State needed extra time to earn their 44-41 victory in triple overtime over Iowa. Iowa State’s offense was just a bit more effecting as they out gained Iowa by 105 on the day.
Penn State Logo 9 (3) 1-1 (0-0) In the biggest match-up of the year for the Big Ten conference, Penn State took on the challenge of playing the mighty SEC and Alabama at home. And consistent with past performances, Alabama pretty much dominated Penn State as a result with a 27-11 victory that was not as close as the final score would make you believe.
Purdue Logo 10 (9) 1-1 (0-0) Purdue had a tough time against their Conference USA opponent on the road on Saturday. And thanks to a blocked Purdue field goal attempt by the Owls in the closing seconds of the game, were sent home again with a 24-22 loss.
Minnesota Logo 11 (11) 0-2 (0-0) The Minnesota loss at home was overshadowed immediately by the scary incident involving head Jerry Kill who suffered a seizure on the sideline and was taken to the hospital. Kill is expected to return for the game against Miami of Ohio this weekend. It will be interesting to see how the team reacts on the field in response for their coach.
Indiana Logo 12 (12) 0-2 (0-0) This was a “W” if ever there was one for Kevin Wilson’s team, but unfortunately, games are 60 minutes. And after a fine defensive play by the Virgina defensive end Cam Johnson — who created a turnover of the Indiana QB Edward Wright-Baker with 1:23 in the game — the Cavaliers were able to kick the game winning 23-yard field goal and pulled out the 34-31 victory on the road.

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