Big Ten Power Rankings: Penn State owns top spot in post-Week 2 poll

Big Ten Power Rankings: Penn State owns top spot in post-Week 2 poll

There is no denying it: Penn State is the No. 1 team in my latest Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. But keep an eye on Wisconsin, assuming it can get some consistent play in the passing game.

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Check out my full power poll below.

1. Penn State (2-0). Offense, defense, special teams … it’s all clicking for the Nittany Lions. It’s good to be James Franklin.
Last week: 2
Up next: Georgia State

2. Wisconsin (2-0). The Badgers have a future star in freshman RB Jonathan Taylor. This could be a special season in Madison.
Last week: 3
Up next: at BYU

3. Ohio State (1-1). The lopsided home loss to Oklahoma casts doubt on the season. What is the offensive identity? Is it a good time to panic?
Last week: 1
Up next: Army

4. Michigan (2-0). It took the Wolverines a while to subdue Cincinnati. This defense continues to impress.
Last week: 4
Up next: Air Force

5. Maryland (2-0). No Big Ten has been more impressive in the first two weeks than the Terrapins. Get DJ Durkin a pair of sunglasses.
Last week: 6
Up next: OFF; UCF, Sept. 23

6. Iowa (2-0). My advice to the Hawkeyes: keep getting the ball to Akrum Wadley. Good things happen.
Last week: 7
Up next: North Texas

7. Minnesota (2-0). The Gophers dominated Oregon State in the rain in Corvallis. Thank an opportunistic defense. And it looks like the Gophers have found a QB.
Last week: 10
Up next: Middle Tennessee

8. Michigan State (2-0). The Spartans’ redemption tour continues. Have to like how the defense is playing. And Brian Lewerke is looking good, too.
Last week: 9
Up next: Off; Notre Dame, Sept. 23

9. Indiana (1-1). It looks like the Hoosiers have another option at quarterback in Peyton Ramsey, a nice dual-threat, if Tom Allen so chooses.
Last week: 11
Up next: FIU

10. Purdue (1-1). It looks like the Boilermakers hit the jackpot by hiring Jeff Brohm, who no doubt is maximizing the talent on hand. Kudos.
Last week: 12
Up next: at Missouri

11. Illinois (2-0). Yes, the Fighting Illini are 2-0! Two snaps up! And the defense looks like it has a lot of potential.
Last week: 14
Up next: at South Florida (Friday)

12. Nebraska (1-1). The defense is conjuring memories of those Bill Callahan defenses. And that’s not good.
Last week: 8
Up next: Northern Illinois

13. Northwestern (1-1). Questions persist in Evanston, especially along the offensive line. But know this: NU got off to a slow start last season, too. And things worked out OK.
Last week: 5
Up next: Bowling Green

14. Rutgers (0-2). The Scarlet Knights took a step back with an ugly home loss to … Eastern Michigan? Let’s hope this is the nadir.
Last week: 13
Up next: Morgan State

Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer

About Tom Dienhart: senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football and men's basketball for and BTN TV. Find him on Twitter and Facebook, and send him questions to his weekly mailbag.


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