All rankings/ratings are based on cumulative team performance in consideration of competition faced thus far.
Big Ten Power Ratings
1) OHIO STATE
Have their most explosive passing game since Troy Smith's Heisman season 12 years ago.
2) PENN STATE
Gets Ohio State at home in a white out, and minus the best defensive player in the conference.
Alex Hornibrook's sensational fourth quarter saved the Badgers' season.
The computers love the Wolverines, but I need to see them win a big game before fully buying in.
This high because they have the league's lone non-conference win over a team currently ranked.
Heartbreaking loss Saturday night, but Hawkeyes will be favored in all but one of their games rest of the way.
7) MICHIGAN STATE
Freshman Jalen Nailor's heroics helped Spartans overcome a stalled running game on the road.
There's definitely a drop off after the top 7, and the Hoosiers so far look like the most capable of the second tier.
Immobile quarterbacks + thick-ankled receivers = bad prescription for facing a Don Brown defense.
Finally got out of their own way, and finally won a game -- probably not a coincidence.
After losing top tailback Rodney Smith for the season, has now lost defensive star Antoine Winfield, Jr., too.
0-3 for the first time since 1945.
This says it all:
Lost by 29 points at home to a team that had never beaten a Big Ten program before.
If I had a vote in the AP Poll this week
4) OHIO STATE
7) PENN STATE
9) NOTRE DAME
13) WEST VIRGINIA
19) CENTRAL FLORIDA
24) MISSISSIPPI STATE