Michigan’s pulsating 41-30 victory over Notre Dame capped another strong week for the Big Ten, which went 11-1 after opening 10-2 last week. It also showed that Brady Hoke’s Wolverines should be taken seriously. Very seriously.
We have two weeks in the books, and teams continue to jockey for position in my weekly power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal. Here is how I stack the Big Ten schools following two weeks of action. Keep an eraser handy.
Before we turn our attention to Week 3, it’s time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 2 Big Ten predictions. One week after going perfect, BTN’s Sean Merriman and Stephen Bardo both went 9-3 to create a logjam at the top of the standings. Big Ten fans, you all went 10-2, pushing your season record to 21-3.
Another week is in the books. There has been a lot to be impressed with over the first two weeks of the season, with strong starts by teams like Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State, among others. Saturday provided some clarity, but much remains unknown. Here is what I learned in Week 2.
Following its 41-30 win over Notre Dame, Michigan moved up to No. 12, from No. 17, in the latest Coaches Poll, released Sunday. No. 3 Ohio State continues to pace the Big Ten, although it dropped one spot. No. 15 Nebraska, No. 16 Northwestern and No. 18 Wisconsin round out the Big Ten in the poll.
Every Sunday during the Big Ten football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo heads to Twitter to offer his “Sunday Ruminations.” Get DiNardo’s analysis of the Big Ten’s 11-1 Week 2 performance in this post. Also, don’t forget to follow @gerrydinardo.
Every Saturday night during the Big Ten football season, BTN.com posts its “U.S. Marine Corps: Leaders of the Week.” The feature is designed to honor some of the top individual Big Ten performances. See our Week 2 top 5 stars and our honorable mention honorees in this post.