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B1G Power Rankings: Week 1

Welcome to week one of the Big Ten Power Rankings. Each week I’ll be publishing a new ranking and each week be sure to check back to see where the teams you may also root for or against are placed. Also, please do comment if you disagree or agree.

This week I mainly went on the quality of the victory more than anything else. Supprised at who is #1 after week one?

Team Rank
(LW)
Record
(Big Ten)
Notes
Ohio State Logo 1 (n/a) 1-0 (0-0) I know it was only Akron that Ohio State dominated 42-0, but with the change of coach, suspension of players and off-season scandal hanging over them…this was a big, sound opening game win for new coach Luke Fickle’s team. For this week at least, Ohio State earned their #1 ranking.
Nebraska Logo 2 (n/a 1-0 (0-0) Nebraska joined the Big Ten and opened up with a business as usual win over a non-ranked non-conference opponent. Nothing special, just did what was expected.
Penn State Logo 3 (n/a) 1-0 (0-0) The Penn State defense seems to be in good form and held Indiana State to only 65 yards rushing. Conversely the Nittany Lions’s rushing game churned out 245 total yards on the ground. Let’s see how that running attack works against #2 Alabama this week.
Wisconsin Logo 4 (n/a) 1-0 (0-0) Wisconsin put up a typical Wisconsin performance against UNLV compiling almost 500 total yards of offense. Yet, their defense did surrender almost 300 as well to the Running Rebels.
Iowa Logo 5 (n/a) 1-0 (0-0) Of the teams that didn’t win by over 30 points in week one, I place Iowa in the #5 spot. Starting QB James Vandernberg went 13/21 for 219 yards with 2 TDs. This week Iowa goes on the road to Jake Trice Stadium for the instate battle against Iowa State.
Michigan State Logo 6 (n/a) 1-0 (0-0) MSU appeared to struggle on Friday night. Kirk Cousins looked sharp though going 18-22 for 222 yards and 1 TD. Youngstown State did hold a slight advantage in time of possession.
Michigan Logo 7 (n/a) 1-0 (0-0) I’d love to put Brady Hoke’s Michigan team up higher in this list, yet can not for various reasons. 1st, the team only played 3 quarters of football so that alone drops them down. 2nd, although the defense scored two touchdowns, their performance in the 1st quarter was shaky at best. And 3rd, I still don’t have any idea of how good this offense is. But we shall soon find out Under the Lights!
Northwestern Logo 8 (n/a) 1-0 (0-0) I’ll say this right now Northwestern fans, I hear you. The Wildcats deserve to be higher in week one because they are one of the few Big Ten teams to actual a) go on the road and play. And b) take on another major conference opponent in the Boston College Eagles of the ACC. And should Norhtwestern win at home against Eastern Illinois, your ranking will reflect it.
Purdue Logo 9 (n/a) 1-0 (0-0) The last few teams and rankings are a toss-up…so in the #9 spot I’ve placed Purdue. Or maybe, I’ll put Illinois? No Purdue it is. Facing and barely beating the Sun Belt Conference’s Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders does not get you much, yet it did get the Boilermakers one spot higher in the ranking than…
Illinois Logo 10 (n/a) 1-0 (0-0) Another Big Ten team that faced a Sun Belt Conference foe at home, Illinois though managed to score the points that Illinois should have scored at least winning 33-15 over Arkansas State. The last of the Big Ten teams not to lose in week one earns the #10 spot.
Minnesota Logo 11 (n/a) 0-1 (0-0) I wanted to rank Minnesota higher in the inaugural Big Ten Power Rankings due to the fact that the Gophers went on the road into the Pac-10 and almost beat the #25 ranked USC Trojans. That would have been a sound win for Minnesota and the Big Ten in week one. Yet, they lost so the are 11th. But I got my eye on them now.
Indiana Logo 12 (n/a) 0-1 (0-0) Some team had to be ranked last in week one and that team is Indiana. I know Ball State is a powerhouse of the MAC (really?), but the game was close enough to win and it should have been a win for Coach Kevin Wilson in his debut.

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