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Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 1

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A week of college football has come and gone and, oh, what a terrible week it was for the Big Ten. The conference lost each of its "marquee" games aside from Northwestern's victory over No. 21 Stanford at home and Ohio State's second-half explosion to dismantle Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. There's a long season ahead but here are our (over)reactions from week one:

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 1-0  ||  LAST WEEK: 1
Uh... yeah. They're really good.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

2

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 1-0 ||  LAST WEEK: 2
It wasn't perfect, but the Spartans still look formidable heading into a big-time matchup with Oregon in week two.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 0-1 ||  LAST WEEK: 3
A loss to Alabama at Jerry's World won't drop the Badgers too far in our rankings,
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
3 4 3 4 3 3 3 3.29

4

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 1-0 ||  LAST WEEK: 8
Our staff may be impressed enough with the Wildcats to move them all the way up to No. 4, but Pat Fitzgerald isn't.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
6 5 5 3 4 4 4 4.43

5

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 0-1  ||  LAST WEEK: 7
The Gopher defense looked strong, despite the opening week loss to No. 2 TCU.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
7 3 4 6 5 5 5 5

6

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 0-1  ||  LAST WEEK: 4
Karma is a... never mind, you know the rest.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
5 6 6 7 6 6 6 6

7

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 1-0  ||  LAST WEEK: 9
I'll repeat what I said last week, because it still very much applies: Is anyone outside Iowa City really expecting big things from the Hawkeyes?
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
9 7 7 5 7 9 7 7.29

8

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 0-1  ||  LAST WEEK: 6
The Harbaugh Era got off to a rocky start in Utah, but Michigan may still have the talent to turn it around pretty quick.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
4 8 8 8 9 7 8 7.43

9

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 1-0  ||  LAST WEEK: 10
Richmond put a scare into the Terps for a half, but explosive playmaking bailed Maryland out.

Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
12 10 9 11 8 8 9 9.57

10

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 1-0  ||  LAST WEEK: 11
Did you put up 63 on Norfolk State this week? No, but you probably could have.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
11 9 11 10 10 10 10 10.14

11

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 0-1  ||  LAST WEEK: 5
Christian Hackenberg posted a 3.2 QBR in Penn State's 27-10 loss to Temple.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
8 11 10 12 11 11 11 10.57

12

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 1-0  ||  LAST WEEK: 12
Sure, the Illini won 52-3, but the post-Tim Beckman era is already less fun.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
10 12 12 9 12 12 13 11.43

13

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 1-0  ||  LAST WEEK: 13
Indiana won (by one point over Southern Illinois).
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
14 13 14 13 13 13 12 13.14

14

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 0-1  ||  LAST WEEK: 14
An opening week loss to Marshall keeps Purdue at the bottom of our rankings.
Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Josh Burton Dan Waldman Michael Odom Ian McCafferty Zach Wingrove AVERAGE
13 14 13 14 14 14 14 13.71