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Big Ten Power Rankings: Week 2

Some major shakeup from Week 1.

LSU v Wisconsin Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

After a wildly successful first around the conference, we hit Week 2. While the conference blue bloods cruised against far inferior competition, almost all of the rest of the pack impressed too, especially Wisconsin, which knocked off then-No. 5 LSU. Overall the Big Ten went 10-2, with Northwestern and Rutgers taking losses. Here’s how we see the conference after one week.

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

RECORD: 1-0 || WEEK 2: vs. Tulsa
The Buckeyes hung 77 (!!!) on Bowling Green and JT Barrett won B1G offensive player of the week.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.1

2

Michigan Wolverines

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. Central Florida
Michigan didn’t punt once in Week 1. The defense is still fantastic. Sounds like a recipe for success.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
2 1 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2

3

Wisconsin Badgers

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. Akron

The Badgers pulled off a huge upset at Lambeau and moved into the Top 25 in the process.

Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
4 5 2 5 3 3 3 3 5 3.7

4

Michigan State Spartans

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: @ Notre Dame

The Spartans—as they often do—started slowly against lowly Furman but found their way behind three Tyler O’Connor touchdowns.

Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
3 3 5 3 5 4 5 4 3 3.9

5

Iowa Hawkeyes

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Iowa’s defense didn’t look outstanding in Week 1, but the rushing attack, led by LeShun Daniels and Akrum Wadley, did.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
5 4 4 4 4 5 4 5 4 4.3

6

Nebraska Cornhuskers

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. Wyoming
The Huskers easily put away Fresno State, but undoubtedly the best moment of the game was the delay-of-game tribute to Sam Foltz.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
6 6 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6.1

7

Penn State Nittany Lions

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. Pitt
Trace McSorley looked comfortable replacing Christian Hackernberg. A clash with in-state foe Pittsburgh awaits.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
7 8 6 7 9 8 8 7 7 7.4

8

Northwestern Wildcats

RECORD: 0-1 || Week 2: vs. Illinois State
The Wildcats clearly have a lot of work to do after a Week 1 loss to Western Michigan.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
9 7 9 8 7 7 10 8 9 8.2

9

Minnesota Golden Gophers

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. Indiana State
The Gophers beat another Power 5 team in Week 1, which not many other B1G teams can say.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
8 9 8 9 8 9 11 9 8 8.8

10

Indiana Hoosiers

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. Ball State
The Hoosiers struggled a bit with Florida International and now face Ball State in what should be a fun, high-scoring affair.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
11 10 12 10 12 10 7 10 10 10.2

11

Illinois Fighting Illini

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. North Carolina
Lovie Smith is 1-0 after demolishing the mighty Racers of Murray State. Nice scheduling there.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
10 12 11 11 11 11 9 11 12 10.9

12

Maryland Terrapins

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. Florida International
AVERAGE RANK: 12

Maryland looked like a competent football team against a very, very incompetent Howard squad. Bring on Florida International!
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
12 11 10 12 10 12 12 12 11 11.3

13

Purdue Boilermakers

RECORD: 1-0 || Week 2: vs. Cincinnati
Purdue won a football game and is hence halfway to its 2015 win total. Has the train arrived? *bursts into laughter*
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
13 14 14 13 13 14 13 13 13 13.3

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

RECORD: 0-1 || Week 2: vs. Howard
Rutgers lost to a very good Washington team but now faces the mighty Buffalo of Howard, who lost 52-13 to Maryland.
Zach Pereles Henry Bushnell Josh Rosenblat Sam Brief Josh Burton Martin Oppegaard Rob Schaefer Zach Wingrove Will Ragatz AVERAGE
14 13 13 14 14 13 14 14 14 13.7