Through eight weeks, Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has 10 Big Ten teams projected for bowls—one fewer than last week, as Michigan State has fallen from Palm’s projections.
Just like that, the Buckeyes have seen their unbeaten season trashed—and their playoff hopes damaged. But Michigan and Nebraska remain perfect. And Wisconsin tallied yet another impressive victory.
Down goes Ohio State! As a result, my Big Ten Power Rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal have a new king. Say “hello” to Michigan.
To no surprise, undefeated Michigan moved up to No. 2 in the latest AP & Coaches polls, released Sunday. The Wolverines (7-0) fresh off another rout, this one vs. Illinois, pace the Big Ten for the first time this season. Ohio State, which had been No. 2, dropped to No. 6 AP/No. 8 Coaches following its road loss at Penn State. Perfect Nebraska (7-0) jumps up to No. 7/T-No.6, while Wisconsin drops one spot, to No. 11, despite winning at rival Iowa, and Penn State debuts in the AP at No. 24. View both polls below. AP Rankings Rankings as
Before we turn our attention to Week 9, it's time to revisit how the BTN.com team and Big Ten fans did with their Week 8 Big Ten game predictions.
When the season began, most pundits looked at the first five games of Wisconsin’s Big Ten schedule and shuttered. Well, so far, so good. Wisconsin is 2-2 in Big Ten play after an impressive 17-9 win at Iowa pushed the Badgers to 5-2 overall.
Who is going to take home the hardware? BTN.com Tom Dienhart asked some writers who cover the league to look into the crystal ball.
Here's the most dangerous team in the Big Ten West. Penn State needs a signature win. How good will Wisconsin's freshman QB turn out to be? And what's next for Purdue? BTN.com's Tom Dienhart lays out the things he thinks he knows ahead of Week 8.
Who wins Week 8 Big Ten football games? Click inside to pick your winners for all seven games, including a trio on BTN/BTN2Go.
Each Tuesday morning during the Big Ten football season, the 14 Big Ten football coaches hold a Big Ten teleconference with reporters from around the country. We post the audio for each segment of the call here.