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huskerred on 11/25/2012 @ 1:39pm EDT Said:

Power rankings are opinions, bottom line is the B1G championship trophy will be residing in Madison or Lincoln. OSU had a great season but to rank them above schools that have done things the right way speaks volumes of how society views things now-a-days.

Alec on 11/25/2012 @ 2:07pm EDT Said:

@huskerred – Why shouldn’t they be ranked on top? Are you still mad Nebraska got blown out in the shoe or something? Sorry but no one on the current roster or coaching staff had anything to do with the scandal.

And where are the power rankings? I don’t see them on this page. I only see the gallery.

    Brent Yarina, on 11/25/2012 @ 2:14pm EDT Said:

    Alec – The gallery is the rankings. Each photo, in order from 1 to 12, includes Dienhart’s thoughts on the team.

Alec on 11/25/2012 @ 2:24pm EDT Said:

@Brent – Thanks, I did not notice that.

Matt on 11/25/2012 @ 2:41pm EDT Said:

Please ohio state beat Michigan fair and square, however Nebraska should not have beaten Michigan! Poor choice of qb!

huskerred on 11/25/2012 @ 3:44pm EDT Said:

@Alec because OSU is not eligible to play in the CCG, I agree that the coaching staff or players had anything to do with it, but the school did (the board). As a neb fan I would love to see a second game this year with OSU; a winner takes all scenario that however won’t be the case. Who would win is up for conversation but we will never know due to bad managerial decisions on the part of OSU’s board. Secondly, it blows that whoever wins the CCG has to argue their right of claim because a few mangers of a highly respected school opted to do the wrong thing. So your claim is that OSU should? No I’m not mad that Neb got blown out in the shoe; Neb shot themselves in the foot. My belief is it was more Nebraska’s lack of preparation than being man handle by a much superior team. But we will never know that will we?

K. John on 11/25/2012 @ 3:54pm EDT Said:

Here are the real power rankings.

1. Penn State – The league’s only unbeaten team in conference play. And yeah, the beat the pants off Ohio State only to see the zebras literally give them 28 points and they also beat Nebraska.
2. Ohio State
3. Nebraska
4. Michigan State
5. Wisconsin
6. Northwestern
7. Michigan
8. Does it really matter?

Congrats to the 2012 Big Ten champion Nittany Lions.

Victor Rojo on 11/25/2012 @ 4:25pm EDT Said:

As long as we seem to be dealing with fantasy here, Wisconsin and Northwestern really beat Penn State, so the PSU is back in fourth place

Doug on 11/25/2012 @ 4:31pm EDT Said:

sure Matt, Michigan would have won every game if not for something, excuses excuses, Michigan got lucky to beat MSU and NW, they should be about .500

Joe W on 11/25/2012 @ 5:23pm EDT Said:

There is a simple solution to this great dilemma…whoever wins the B10 conference title game is B10 conference champion, will go to the Rose Bowl and likely play Stanford. As for OSU, they are division champs and undefeated. So Nebraska or Wisconsin can buy their B10 champion shirts and hats and OSU fans can buy the 12-OH shirts and hats. As far as the power rankings, do they really matter…they served their purpose…got this website some “hits” and got Tom some salary. They basically follow the on field results although I think PSU should be just ahead of Michigan, but hey I am biased as a buckeye. I do think the penalties that the PSU PLAYERS are suffering is way out of line, but I know its the only way the NCAA can penalize…in arrears. Anyway…good luck to UNL and WISC. See you on the hardcourt!

Alec on 11/25/2012 @ 5:31pm EDT Said:

@K. John – How foolish do you have to be to believe that? PSU fans like you show that maybe the NCAA should have given PSU the death penalty. Don’t wory though. PSU would be lucky to even get 6-6 next year.

aroznowski on 11/25/2012 @ 5:34pm EDT Said:

1. Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) [0]
2. Nebraska (10-2, 7-1) [0]
3. Northwestern (9-3, 5-3) [+1]
4. Michigan (8-4, 6-2) [-1]
5. Penn State (8-4, 6-2) [0]
6. Wisconsin (7-5, 4-4) [0]
7. Michigan State (6-6, 3-5) [+1]
8. Minnesota (6-6, 2-6) [-1]
9. Purdue (6-6, 3-5) [0]
10. Indiana (4-8, 2-6) [0]
11. Iowa (4-8, 2-6) [0]
12. Illinois (2-10, 0-8) [0]

For the most part, ranking these teams was pretty straight forward. The toughest teams to separate were Northwestern, Michigan, and Penn State.

Northwestern: The Wildcats have one more overall win than Michigan and Penn State. Northwestern played one more AQ nonconference opponent than Michigan and Penn State. Northwestern doesn’t have a really bad loss. If you look at all of the games that Northwestern, Michigan, and Penn State lost, the Wildcats had more games that were winnable down the stretch. Northwestern had leads in those games and lost them in heartbreaking fashion. However, Northwestern did lose to both Michigan and Penn State. The Wildcats had one more conference loss than Michigan and Penn State.

Michigan: The Wolverines have the best losses with regard to the quality of opponent. They lost to the top two teams in the country and the top two teams in the conference. Michigan defeated Northwestern head-to-head in the Big House and has one more conference win than the Wildcats. However, the Wolverines have one fewer overall win than the Wildcats. Between Northwestern, Michigan, and Penn State, the Wolverines had, by far, the most embarrassing loss when they didn’t even show up to compete with Alabama, a Crimson Tide team that has started to look slightly vulnerable over the last few weeks. Unlike Northwestern and Penn State, the Wolverines ended their regular season with a loss.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions have been much more a feel-good story this season than Michigan and Northwestern. Bill O’Brien has done a better coaching job than Brady Hoke and Pat Fitzgerald, and Matt McGloin has outperformed Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner, Kain Colter, and Trevor Siemian over the course of the season. Penn State defeated Northwestern in Happy Valley and ended its season with a win. Like Michigan, the Nittany Lions have one more conference win than the Wildcats. However, also like Michigan, the Nittany Lions have one fewer overall win than the Wildcats. Between Northwestern, Michigan, and Penn State, Penn State has, by far, the worst losses (Ohio and Virginia) with regard to quality of opponent. Penn State also played a far weaker nonconference schedule than Northwestern and Michigan.

For now, I will give Northwestern the slightest of edges over Michigan and Penn State since the Wildcats have more wins, fewer losses, and have had not had that moment over the course of the season where they were embarrassed in the fashion that Michigan and Penn State once or twice were. Because Michigan is coming off of a loss, I feel the need to drop them a spot just as I typically moved the Wolverines up after winning. When comparing Michigan and Penn State, the Wolverines get the edge due in large part to strength of schedule and who they actually lost to. Because of how close these three teams are, Michigan and Northwestern’s performance in their bowl games will definitely have an impact on how they compare to each other in the final rankings.

K. John on 11/25/2012 @ 6:03pm EDT Said:

You are just mad because I am right and you know it. The fix was in for Ohio State and Nebraska. The same goes for Wisconsin after the zebras literally gifted Bucky two scores which means Penn State was three scores better. Penn State is hands down the best team in the Big Ten and the rightful champion. And those are the facts.

Joe W on 11/25/2012 @ 6:30pm EDT Said:

We can all feel bad for PSU players…not for PSU fans…as for K. John and the other blue kool-aid drinkers…see you on the other side of oblivion.

Alec on 11/25/2012 @ 6:42pm EDT Said:

A team that loses to Ohio and Virginia does not deserve to be called Big Ten champion. Its more like you are the mad one. You just keep going ahead and blaming the referees for PSU’s bad play in the 2nd half of the OSU and Neb games. PSU would not have done any better against Michigan either. If you had played them, PSU would be 7-5 this year See you next year when PSU is 5-7 at best.

K. John on 11/25/2012 @ 7:59pm EDT Said:

Penn State would have hung half a hundred on those sorry scrubs from Ann Arbor. The envy some people for Penn State is sad. Not only is Penn State better on the field, but it’s football program is the gold standard that all schools seek to emulate and has been for more than forty years.

Ashly O. on 11/25/2012 @ 8:15pm EDT Said:

To summarize then: OSU and PSU, great seasons, however they only really count in Cbus and HValley; they don’t apparently count on the national scene as neither are ranked in the BCS. Congrats to Wisconsin and Nebraska, our B1G championship teams, one of which will represent us in the Rose Bowl and hopefully beat the pants off of Stanford or UCLA. And for our conference’s reputation sake, everyone should be pulling for that team to be Nebraska so we (The B1G) can have a top 10 team this season…something we desperately need.

Catcory Jones on 11/25/2012 @ 9:25pm EDT Said:

i refuse to regard osu as the best if you break the rules you are not the best and the facts are they violated ncaa policy. therefore they should be looked at like the rule breakers they are and with urban” run before sanctions” myer as their coach it will only get worse.. also if nebraska had scored that late touchdown on osu it wouldn’t be called a blow out it would’ve been called running up the score and poor sportsmanship, but this is the big ten where osu is god,

Steven Rasmusen (@StevenRasmusen) on 11/26/2012 @ 1:29am EDT Said:

Man, there are some programs that just play by the rules and some don’t. “The 40 year gold standard at PSU encompassed a football only mentality where Joe Pa covered for a child molester that raped 10 year olds in the locker room.” Granted, none of these kids were involved but facts are facts, live with it. By the way you lost…that’s right lost in Lincoln. The call went the way it should have. Nebraska was 7-1 in the conference and as far as I know Tom Osborne hasn’t covered up for anyone. I would rather play a team that we haven’t beat or one with a better record, but if OSU and PSU played by the rules then that would have happened. One thing I know is the Penn State will never be the same, ever. They lost the respect of generations of fans that now know the real behind the scenes atmosphere. Nebraska and Wisconsin are two programs that run ethically high institutions and where integrity matters. PSU and OSU’s season’s are over. You might want to find something to do to keep your mind off of the post season…

Will on 11/26/2012 @ 10:48am EDT Said:

While I will agree that the Big Ten this year has had some issues, I think it also is fair to say that the top 5 teams would be Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State. I know Ohio State took advantage of Nebraska’s miscues and that is what a good team should do, but I will say that looking at these 5 teams, there is not a one of them that is more than 3 to 5 points better than the other. Let’s just hope we represent in the bowl game this year.

Brian on 11/26/2012 @ 12:28pm EDT Said:

Why is no one; analysts, sportscasters, Big Ten Fans, not talking about the fact that the system is letting a non-winning team like WI (4-4) go to the Big Ten Championship? Any team can beat another on a given day so WI could upset Nebraska and earn the right to represent us in the Rose Bowl (We’ve seen their record there recently). There should be major discussions about the fact that there was some unusual circumstances this year and there needs to be some unusual adjustments made to the play off. When the 6th best team in the Big Ten gets to play in it, something is wrong! WI should have had to earn the right all the way to the last game. Because of the sanctions there should have been an adjustment to the two “best” teams playing each other. This could turn out to be another major joke for the Big Ten and their credibility.

Ava Paracsi on 11/26/2012 @ 12:36pm EDT Said:

So if I understand what huskered said – that all teams who did things wrong should not be open to any championships (believe the NCAA takes care of this), or to have any top rankings/standings – maybe they should forfeit the current season and not play any football??? How much punishment should be dealt to a “new” team for the past digressions and should said team be punished also because the top echelon also screwed up??

huskerred on 11/26/2012 @ 5:48pm EDT Said:

@ Ava Paracsi is OSU playing in the CCG? No. Why because the school opted to break NCAA regulatons. As I said in my prior post, “I agree that the coaching staff or players had anything to do with it, but the school did.” Let’s go one step further way before the season started all the coaches and players accepted the punishment and understood they could not play in post season. They opted to stay. So explain to me how can OSU or BTN or any sportswriter claim their the champs; as they will not be in the championship game. OSU and PSU should not be ranked within the conference as it participates in the BCS. The AP is a whole different deal as it has no ties to the BCS. The punishment was levied at the school not the coaches or players (that stayed of their own free will); but now all ten other schools should be thankful they get to play for 2nd or 3rd place? How is that fair? One more thing the so called championship trophy won’t be going to Columbus; it will be residing in Madison or Lincoln. For myself I look at OSU and PSU as two teams that had no chance this season to claim anything ranking wise; as the old argument that when you have nothing to lose it’s really okay to play on the edge and be a spoiler. However, teams that are being ranked have to approach the game differently. I will view OSU and PSU as two great teams that played quite well, but as far as champs, not this year. as the B1G championship game is being played Dec 1 in Indy and OSU will not be attending. Instead of trying to belittle me, maybe you should direct your energy/anger towards the school ‘s board of directors.

Joe W on 11/26/2012 @ 6:11pm EDT Said:

For all of the self righteous out there that think their school would never get caught up in NCAA jail…I offer these after a simple Google search…

Source NCAA website:
“The Nebraska Athletic Department announced on Tuesday that it has self-reported to the NCAA violations pertaining to student-athletes who inadvertently received recommended course textbooks, in addition to their required textbooks. Recommended textbooks are not permissible under NCAA legislation. Nebraska admitted violations pertaining to NCAA Bylaws 15.2.3 (book scholarship), 16.02.3 (extra benefit), and 2.8.1 (failure to monitor).”

And this just last year from a Milwaukee paper…

” Wisconsin inadvertently committed an NCAA violation related to the recruitment of former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson.

However, the violation appears to be minor and should not affect Wilson’s eligibility or prevent him from transferring to UW if he chooses.”

Not all violations are equal, but be careful about throwing stones or complaining about the spec in your neighbors eye.

Husker Nono on 11/27/2012 @ 11:02am EDT Said:

OSU had a great season, I am happy for them and their fans. I will say this though, as a Nebraska fan you can never count on a win in the conference championship game (especially rematches). Texas kept Nebraska out of a likely national championship appearance in `98, A&M kept out KSU, Nebraska benefited from the SEC eating their young in the CCG in `01 (kinda wish they hadn’t), and who knows what would have, and will, happen this year. Congratulations to OSU, Michigan, Wisconsin, and PSU for great seasons…and GO BIG RED in INDY!

For the Penn State Fans complaining and calling for conspiracies…
#1) Karma for `82…kinda sucks when an ump blows a call huh?!?!
#2) I would be careful calling yourselves victims.

Ethanosu on 11/27/2012 @ 4:22pm EDT Said:

OSU had a perfect season, stop being a sore loser and put up with that. OSU put up 63 points against your beloved Nebraska team. so stop trying to bash OSU on all the scandals that happened in the past. All of those bad seeds have been removed from the program and we shut you down fair and square.

Go Bucks

Catcory Jones on 11/27/2012 @ 6:32pm EDT Said:

thats funny get over it osu this osu that…lol why are you not in indy then we are not sore lossers we would rather play osu then wisc. but your school cheated didn’t discipline yourselves, and now can claim best without playing for big ten title or anybody with a good team in the bcs….. hello its nebraska we are never scared to play.

Ethanosu on 11/27/2012 @ 8:31pm EDT Said:

Hello its nebraska, we got stomped on by OSU. you can act like osu and penn state are the only schools that have ever broken NCAA rules. but at the end of the day, you are just another big ten team that lost to OSU this year and refuses to be ok with that. and we didnt cheat our way to a perfect season this year, we got a new coach and separated ourselves from the players that were breaking the rules. OSU finished number 1 this year. simple as that, we could play nebraska again and even if we lost we would finish with a better record.