Big Ten Power Rankings: 4-1 Michigan takes over No. 2 spot

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Big Ten Power Rankings: 4-1 Michigan takes over No. 2 spot

With the first week of full-on Big Ten play behind us, there is quite a bit of change in my latest power rankings, presented by ArcelorMittal.

[ MORE: Week 5 scoreboard | Big Ten standings | Big Ten stats | Latest polls | Power Rankings | Bowl Projections | Best of Week 5 | Week 5 picks revisited | Week 5 uniforms | What Tom Dienhart learned | Week 5 top performers | Gerry DiNardo’s tweets | Dienhart: Wildcats can dream big | John Harbaugh visits Michigan sideline ]

Check out my latest poll below:

1. Ohio State (5-0, 1-0). At what point do fans go from being nervously restless to breaking into a hair-pulling panic? Five weeks into the season, and nothing seems to be changing. Is this 2015 reality?
Last week: 1
Up next: vs. Maryland (Watch on BTN2Go!)

2. Michigan (4-1, 1-0). Has any team been more impressive? Be honest, Brutus. You, too, Sparty. The Wolverines’ only loss was to a top-10 squad on the road by a TD. Michigan has outscored its last four foes, 122-14, including back-to-back shutouts.
Last week: 5
Up next: vs. Northwestern (Watch on BTN2Go!)

POWER RANKINGS PRESENTED BY
ArcelorMittal

3. Michigan State (5-0, 1-0). See Ohio State.
Last week: 2
Up next: at Rutgers (Watch on BTN2Go!)

T-4. Iowa (5-0, 1-0). With each passing week, you get the feeling this may be a special season. There still is room on the bandwagon. It’s OK.
Last week: 3
Up next: vs. Illinois

T-4. Northwestern (5-0, 1-0). Hard to believe this is the same school that went an aggregate 10-14 the last two seasons—6-14 in the last 20 games entering 2015. NU is legit.
Last week: 4
Up next: at Michigan (Watch on BTN2Go!)

6. Illinois (4-1, 1-0). You say you wanna call that triumph vs. Nebraska a “signature” win? OK by me. It also will look good on Bill Cubit’s application for full-time employment in Champaign.
Last week: 11
Up next: at Iowa

7. Wisconsin (3-2, 0-1). Those preseason concerns about the offensive line and running game have developed into in-season concerns about the offensive line and running game.
Last week: 6
Up next: at Nebraska

8. Nebraska (2-3, 0-1). They will be talking about that third-down play for … oh … the next 537 years in Lincoln. The entire fandom could do a Pepto-Bismol commercial.
Last week: 8
Up next: vs. Wisconsin

9. Indiana (4-1, 0-1). If ever a loss felt like a win, it was the Hoosiers’ defeat to Ohio State. How will IU handle the woulda-shoulda-coulda loss?
Last week: 9
Up next: at Penn State

10. Minnesota (3-2, 0-1). Let’s file this team under “M.” Not for “Minnesota” … but for “Mess.” Just be happy you don’t have to watch offensive game film from the Northwestern contest.
Last week: 7
Up next: at Purdue

11. Penn State (4-1, 1-0). If there is a flimsier 4-1 team in America, I wanna see it. But, a win is a win, right? Let’s all have a glass of James Franklin’s Kool-Aid.
Last week: 10
Up next: vs. Indiana

12. Rutgers (2-2, 0-1). The Scarlet Knights were off … which was good. Or, was it bad? I don’t know.
Last week: 12
Up next: vs. Michigan State (Watch on BTN2Go!)

13. Maryland (2-3, 0-1). I’m straining to think of something positive to put in this blank spot. But, I come up blank. Let’s come back to it.
Last week: 13
Up next: at Ohio State (Watch on BTN2Go!)

14. Purdue (1-4, 0-1). The effort at Michigan State was inspiring. Now comes a visit from beatable Minnesota, which is a must-win for this program. Yes, I did just type that.
Last week: 14
Up next: vs. Minnesota

***

And if you want to leave a comment on this post, use the box below. All comments need to be approved by a moderator.

Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer

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

Advertisement