On to the rankings! Twelve teams enter, twelve teams leave (in reverse order of ineptitude):
1. Northwestern (3-0) [Last week's rank: 3]: Ho hum, another week, another win by Northwestern against a BCS opponent. What is happening? Seriously, what a great start for the Wildcats! I bet no one, their players included, thought they may be the best team in the conference this season. The passing game is efficient (with a two-headed monster that works, due to the different styles of play), and the running game put up almost 300 yards! Boston College isn't a great team this year, but they aren't horrible either. Put me on record now - Northwestern is going to start the year at least 7-0, with three Big Ten wins (Indiana, at Penn State, and at Minnesota) off the bat.
|This guy scares me|
2. Nebraska (2-1) : Nebraska won an easy game against Arkansas State, but things got a little scary off the field when head coach Bo Pelini left with a medical issue, but he should be fine. The only concerning thing on the field were the four turnovers for the Huskers, two which were on back-to-back series when Taylor Martinez was sacked. Those two turnovers resulted in ten points for the Red Wolves. Martinez better get some protection (and a tighter grip on the ball), or things could get ugly against bigger, stronger defensive lines. Still, Nebraska moves up two spots thanks to other teams faltering.
|An oldie but a goodie|
4. Michigan State (2-1) : The Spartans lost at home to Notre Dame in a game where they didn't put up nearly the fight that Purdue did. The offense was pretty bad (specifically the passing game, as Maxwell only hit on 50% of his attempts), and the much ballyhooed defense wasn't as good as Notre Dame's. Another week with egg on the face of the Big Ten as the media darlings in our league continue to be unimpressive. MSU has at least played some tough competition (beating Boise State), which is the only reason they didn't fall further in the rankings, but the bad home loss (when Nebraska lost to a ranked team on the road) is the reason they are this low.
5. Purdue (2-1) : Purdue blew out an over-matched opponent, showed a dominant running game, and kept up the strong season by the defense. If Caleb TerBush can get on track, there's a lot of potential for the Boilermakers, but he needs to look better than he did against Eastern Michigan. Purdue hasn't beaten anyone good, so they can't leapfrog MSU and their quality win against Boise State, despite playing far better against a common opponent in the Irish.
9. Wisconsin (2-1) : Now, Utah State is not a bad team, but when Wisconsin has to come from behind at home to beat them by two measly points, will you all finally agree with me that the Badgers are not a good football team and the most disappointing story of the conference so far? Utah State should have won on a last second field goal, but it was missed (and taken from fifteen yards too deep, due to a very questionable offensive pass interference call), and the Badgers save face. The Leaders division is more wide open than ever (yeh, so what if it's only been around one other season!).
10. Iowa (2-1) : Iowa beat Northern Iowa 27-16, proving they are at least better than one other team in their state. Vandenberg was a little better but still didn't throw a touchdown pass. Iowa was only up four at halftime, and I still think this is one of the worst Hawkeye teams I've seen in the last decade.
|Still pathetic, even when they win|