Big Ten Power Rankings: Wisconsin jumps up to No. 2
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One week is in the books, and Wisconsin made one really big statement vs. LSU. In fact, no school scored a more impressive Week 1 victory. And how about the complete efforts from Michigan and Ohio State en route to blowout wins?
Here’s my post-Week 1 Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal:
1. Ohio State (1-0). A dominating 77-point effort and a program-record 776 total yards in the opener was an impressive salvo to the rest of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are back, baby!
Last week: 1
2. Wisconsin (1-0). No school notched a more impressive win in the opener than the Badgers, who rallied to take down No. 5 LSU. Maybe, just maybe, UW can handle this brutal schedule.
Last week: 8
3. Iowa (1-0). The Hawkeyes ended last season on a two-game skid, losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game and dropping the Rose Bowl to Stanford. That’s over. Iowa already is in its punch-you-in-the-nose midseason form.
Last week: 2
4. Michigan (1-0). So, Wilton Speight is the anointed one. He looked good in his first career start, as the Wolverines notched 63 points. Could this be the first of seven wins to start the season?
Last week: 4
5. Michigan State (1-0). It wasn’t pretty, but who cares? The Spartans won their opener. Much to clean up for a program that is off this week and prepares for a trip to Notre Dame.
Last week: 3
6. Minnesota (1-0). The Gophers didn’t blow anyone away, but they found a way to grind out a win vs. Oregon State. But for this to be a special season, more is needed from the pass game.
Last week: 5
7. Nebraska (1-0). What’s old is new again, as the new run-oriented Cornhuskers looked dominating. Mike Rozier and I.M. Hipp had to like this. Best of all: Nebraska committed zero turnovers.
Last week: 6
8. Penn State (1-0). The new spread offense showed potential in the win vs. Kent State, but improvement is needed—especially from QB Trace McSorley.
Last week: 9
9. Indiana (1-0). It was just FIU, however it looks like Indiana’s defense finally might be improved. Two pick-6s in one game? Indiana hasn’t done that since 1966. Take a bow, new DC Tom Allen.
Last week: 11
10. Northwestern (0-1). Ouch! That home loss to Western Michigan hurts. Now, what? First off: The offense has to improve. Does that sound familiar?
Last week: 7
11. Rutgers (0-1). No one said this was gonna be easy. Opening on the road at No. 14 Washington just wasn’t fair for Chris Ash. Better days are ahead.
Last week: 10
12. Illinois (1-0). Lovie Smith begins his career 1-0, as the Illini opened the season with a 52-3 win for a second year in a row. Savor this one.
Last week: 12
13. Maryland (1-0). A nice debut for DJ Durkin, whose team had no turnovers. Let me repeat that: The Terrapins had no turnovers.
Last week: 13
14. Purdue (1-0). The Boilermakers are 1-0! And Markell Jones is without a doubt one of the top backs in the Big Ten.
Last week: 14