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B1G Power Rankings Week #5

Thanks goodness the Big Ten schedule is finally here. Now we can get on to the business of playing for titles and championships. Preseason is over and there really was only one team that I’d qualify as being a true “power” in the B1G Conference and by far that team is Wisconsin. They have done nothing to give me pause or make me think they could not compete with the best-of-the-best in all of college football. We shall see this week though if my prior statement is true or not. Funny thing is, this week’s rankings looks almost identical to last weeks. With that I present the B1G Power Rankings for Week #5:

Team Rank
(Big Ten)
Wisconsin Logo 1 (1) 4-0 (0-0) What a game coming up in Wisconsin this weekend. Finally Big Ten play begins and finally Nebraska makes its long awaited debut. The #7 Badgers have been nothing but impressive so far and their defense is allowing just under 9 points a game, good for 3rd in the nation. How will that defense handle the Huskers this week? I’m thinking pretty well.
Nebraska Logo 2 (2) 4-0 (0-0) Ok Big Red, it’s show time! All you need to do is take your #8 ranking with you, go into Camp Randall and beat the Big Ten’s most dominate team at home. Not much to ask now is it? Many have predicted the Huskers to win the Big Ten in their first year playing in the conference. The game on Saturday will validate those assertions straight-up.
Michigan Logo 3 (3) 4-0 (0-0) Without any basis I can say that Michigan is for sure the 3rd best team in the Big Ten right now. Brady Hoke’s #19 ranked Wolverines are currently 54th for yards allowed per game…not bad at all considering they still have some areas to address and improve on. Linebacker Kenny Demens leads the team with 20 tackles and play-makers like freshman Jake Ryan and senior Jordan Kovacs are beginning to show the way.
Illinois Logo 4 (4) 4-0 (0-0) #24 Illinois squeaked out a 3 point win against Western on Saturday as the Illini defense showed some vulnerability to the pass giving up 306 yards to the Broncos. Good thing Northwestern is not that productive throwing the ball.
Penn State Logo 5 (5) 3-1 (0-0) Coach Joe Patirno returns to the sidelines and Penn State does what Penn State should do at home against a MAC opponent, win! Penn State QB Matt McGloin was quite efficient completing 14 of 17 pass attempts with three touchdowns. Up next, the Nittany Lions go on the road to face a struggling 1-3 Indian team.
Michigan State Logo 6 (6) 3-1 (0-0) MSU took much grief from many college football fans last year because they football team didn’t have Ohio State on their schedule as they made there way to the share of the Big Ten title. So, Coach Mark Dantonio can silence most of those critics by beating Ohio State this Saturday in Columbus.
Ohio State Logo 7 (7) 3-1 (0-0) People have been discounting Ohio State all off-season and the majority of the public does not expect much from the Buckeyes in 2011. But, Ohio State has all the top teams in the Big Ten on their schedule this year (MSU, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan) and don’t be surprised if 1st year coach Luke Fickell is coaching in the first ever Big Ten Championship game come December.
Iowa Logo 8 (9) 3-1 (0-0) Thanks in part to the unofficial 13th member of the Big Ten conference playing Purdue this week, Iowa gets a week off in preparation for their Big Ten opener against Penn State next week. The Hawkeyes did put on a nice 45-17 show against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
Purdue Logo 9 (8) 2-1 (0-0) As the rest of the Big Ten gets started playing conference games, the Purdue Boilermakers get to face Notre Dame at home. Hopefully Purdue put their week off to good use and have prepared a quality a game-plan for the surging Irish.
Northwestern Logo 10 (10) 2-1 (0-0) Northwestern had the week off and should be well rested when they travel to Champagne, Illinois to face the 4-0 Illinois Fighting Illini. And that won’t be easy as Illinois has amassed a pretty decent statistical record against their non-conference opponents.
Indiana Logo 11 (11) 1-3 (0-0) North Texas was an 0-3 winless team. That was before Indiana came to town. Now they are are 1-3 team. Again, Kevin Wilson’s Indian team had a chance to win another close game but the defense surrender 21 4th quarter points and the Hoosiers lost 24-21. I’m interested to see if Penn State is much better then Indiana or just a bit better. We shall see Saturday.
Minnesota Logo 12 (12) 1-3 (0-0) Apparently North Dakota State is a decent team after all after they went on the road to Minnesota and put a 37-24 smackdown on the Gophers. Weren’t these teams scheduled to be warm-ups for the Big Ten schedule? Things don’t get easier now that Minnesota goes on the road to face Brady Hoke, Denard Robinson and the revamped Michigan defense in Ann Arbor.

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