We’re back for another B1G season! Throughout the 2014 season, I’ll be ranking the Big Ten schools 1-14. To see where your team was ranked last week, click here. As always, if you think I’m right, wrong, or clinically insane, let me know in the comments.
Prepare to disagree…
- Michigan State. With a week to get ready (and home field advantage) you really have to like Sparty’s chances to wrap up the division over Ohio State.
- Ohio State. The Buckeye offense is hitting on all cylinders, scoring 50+ in five of their last six games. That makes the match-up against Michigan State even more appealing.
- Nebraska. After some rather uninspired efforts against Rutgers and Purdue, the Huskers are in need of a challenge. They’ll get it against Wisconsin, but they have to take the weekend off first.
- Wisconsin. Yes, it was Rutgers, but Wisconsin’s 37-0 win was the definition of domination. A tune-up against Purdue stands between the Badgers and the Huskers.
- Maryland. Between the pregame antics, the handshake snub, and a one point win, the Terps probably didn’t make too many friends in Happy Valley. Maryland gets a week off before they take a tour of Michigan teams.
- Minnesota. Minnesota has had the bad taste of the Illinois loss in their mouth for two weeks. The Gophers will look to bounce back against Iowa.
- Iowa. Like almost everybody else in the West, the Hawks control their own destiny. That means they need to take care of Minnesota.
- Northwestern. The Wildcats are a yo-yo of a team. They either beat a top flite team like Wisconsin, or they get blown out by Iowa. Who knows what will happen against Michigan?
- Penn State. I wonder what Penn State thinks of Jim Delaney’s expansion plans? Both Rutgers and Maryland have gone out of their way to poke the Nitany Lions.
- Purdue. Purdue has been a much-improved offense in 2014, but they sure didn’t show it against Nebraska. Now they get to face one of the nation’s best defenses.
- Rutgers. Think Rutgers is rethinking that decision to join the Big Ten yet? The last three weeks have been rough (a combined 135-31), but the Knights can spend the bye week counting their money.
- Michigan. Michigan gets boosted out of the cellar for beating the Hoosiers – and for not being quite as bad as the Illini. They could continue to climb with a win over the Wildcats.
- Illinois. So much for a Big Ten winning streak as Ohio State put Illinois back in their place. An off-week awaits.
- Indiana. Congrats Indiana! You are the only winless team in what is widely believe to be the worst of the Power 5 conferences! And yet, they beat Mizzou….