We’re back for another B1G season! Throughout the 2014 season, I’ll be ranking the Big Ten schools 1-14. To see where your team was ranked last week, click here. As always, if you think I’m right, wrong, or clinically insane, let me know in the comments.
Prepare to disagree…
- Michigan State. Another week, another convincing win. It will be interesting to see if the Spartans overlook “big brother” Michigan for Ohio State.
- Ohio State. For those keeping score at home, in Ohio State’s first games against Rutgers and Maryland, the Buckeyes won by a combined 108 – 41. Welcome to the neighborhood!
- Minnesota. The Gophers needed a late field goal to survive the game with Purdue. Husker fans would probably like to see me punish Minnesota for that, but let’s wait and see what Nebraska does with Purdue first.
- Nebraska. So much for the history of close games in the Battle for NU. The red NU (wearing all white) overcame a slow first half to completely dominate the purple NU (wearing all black) in the second half.
- Wisconsin. I was tempted to put Maryland in the #5 spot, but I can’t punish the Badgers for being idle. That said, Wisconsin will need to take care of the Terps to keep this post (or more higher).
- Maryland. The Terps beat Iowa in a classic “not as close as the final score indicates” game. I’m not sure they’re the sixth best team in this league, but I’m also not sure they’re worse than anybody below them.
Iowa. Are the Hawkeyes a contender for the West title? They’re off this week before starting a five week tour of the West where 5-0 (or possibly 4-1) could get them to Indy.
- Northwestern. As the second half of the Nebraska game proved, Northwestern doesn’t have upper tier talent. But as the first half showed, the Wildcats can play good against anybody. Their remaining conference road is probably the easiest of any West school.
- Rutgers. After getting smacked around by Ohio State, Rutgers faces Nebraska for the first time since the 1920’s. Clearly revenge will be on the Scarlet Knights’ minds when they roll into Lincoln.
- Purdue. Their 1-3 conference record doesn’t show it, but the Boilermakers are likely the most improved team in the conference. After playing 3-0 Minnesota to a one point loss, it will be interesting to see what they do with an extra week to prepare for Nebraska.
- Penn State. Ohio State is putting up big points against everybody in October. Can Penn State avoid the blowout – or possibly pull off a home upset? Probably not, but I’ve been wrong before.
- Michigan. Can the wounded Wolverines regain some lost pride and upset their little brother? This is one of the two games left on the schedule that can save Brady Hoke’s job.
- Indiana. Can the Hoosiers get to a bowl game? They need to find three wins against a schedule of Michigan, Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State, and Purdue. It’s doable, they’ll need to get hot.
- Illinois. The best sign that you’re the bottom of the league? It’s October and speculation on your next coach has already started.