Also, we're going to keep Ohio State and Penn State in our rankings respective to their play, despite the fact that they can't make the postseason. That'll just make it far more fun to laugh at them (probably just OSU) when they see what could have been if they hadn't cheated (or done things far, far worse).
Finally, while we appreciate a TV show/movie/pop culture-themed power rankings list when it's done in a clever way, most of them suck. So we aren't going to do that. Instead, we'll just include an awesome* photo of each school with their ranking that showcases how fans should be feeling. Much simpler, right?
Hit the snare drums and blast the trumpets, because it's time for GoBoilers.net's 2012 Big Ten Football Power Rankings!
|Someone's happy with #1|
2. Nebraska (1-0): They won big, as expected, and Taylor Martinez played great. The run game was also really dominant. Stud running back Rex Burkhead may miss some games with an injury, which could move them from a very good team to just another good team, but until we know for sure, the Cornhuskers are firmly in the discussion for top conference team. His backup had quite a nice game though, so the loss may be manageable.
|Mad they lost, mad OSU is above them|
|One small step for man...|
6. Illinois (1-0): I'm torn (no pun intended) on where to put Illinois, since Scheelhaase may miss some games due to injury. With him, the Illini offense is looking pretty decent, but without him, they could be horrible. At least the defense is stout, having held Western Michigan to negative rushing yards in the game. Either way, the easily handled their MAC foe, unlike some teams.
|Painfully irate, excited, or constipated?|
8. Minnesota (1-0): Another team that should be happy to be listed so high after some horrible recent years. Honestly, neither the Gophers or UNLV, who they narrowly beat in triple overtime, are very good, but they got the win on the road. Minnesota had a lot of penalties and was quite inconsistent, but they turned it on in crunch time.
|Ready to kill the guy who made these rankings|
9. Wisconsin (1-0): When you barely beat an FCS school, you deserve what you get. Wisconsin is a much better team than ninth in the conference, but they were incredibly disappointing this weekend. Sure, they had a nice lead late in the third quarter, but they gave up some big plays, and they should have won this game in a rout.
10. Iowa (1-0): The Hawkeyes are an enigma. I expect them to always be in the top half of the conference, because they always seem to be, but I don't give them much thought any more (other than the fact we have to play them annually). They should be better than a team that has to come from behind to barely beat Northern Illinois, right? Bullock can run, but their passer sucks. Maybe we can trade them a QB?
|Pretty standard IU football fan|
11. Indiana (1-0): Congratulations to IU for clearing the cellar of the Big Ten rankings for the first time in a couple years! Your thank-you notes should be addressed to Penn State, care of their wretched administration. Indiana narrowly beat Indiana State, an FCS school, but they were almost outplayed and still haven't topped an FBS opponent since 2010. Even the IU fans are questioning the team and coach already.
|Just plain sad|
12. Penn State (0-1): The Nittany Lions started their new era with a thud, losing badly to Ohio. Honestly, Ohio looked pretty good, but this is just pathetic for Penn State, albeit incredibly deserved. I feel bad for the current players though, and I expect them to rise out of the Big Ten basement soon enough...but not too far.
What do you all think about that list?