Big Ten Power Rankings, Week 8
1) Penn State (7-1, 4-1): hammered Illinois this week, but is that saying much? Their offense is still unproven against quality competition.
2) Ohio State (5-2, 3-1): easy W over Indiana, but see the comments above. Troy Smith and the offense are starting to come around which is bad news for the rest of the conference.
3) Wisconsin (7-1, 4-1): solid W over Purdue aided by some key turnovers, but then again Purdue sucks and it wasn't the big victory you would have hoped for as a Wisconsin fan against a pitiful Boilermaker squad
4) Northwestern (5-2, 3-1): they just hammered the Spartans in East Lansing. Good victory, but MSU tends to quit when they are down so I'm not as impressed as the score would indicate.
5) Michigan (5-3, 3-2): nailbiter win at Kinnick to snap the Hawkeyes 22 game home winning streak despite playing without their best player on offense (Hart) and defense (Woodley) amongst others. This week they get to go to Evanston and settle the battle for 4th place in the Big Ten.
6) Minnesota (5-2, 2-2): which Gopher team will show up? The one that finally beat Michigan or the one that found a way to hand the game to Wisconsin? If history is our guide, the latter is much more likely than the former.
7) Iowa (5-3, 3-2): found a way to lose at home to an undermanned Michigan squad. Drew Tate and Albert Young are quite the duo, but their team is lacking something this year.
8) Michigan State (4-3, 1-3): that giant thud you heard was all the hopes and dreams of MSU fans crashing back down to earth yet again this year. Question: Is John L Smith still considered a good coach? This is his 3rd year in EL and he hasn't done much better than Bobby Williams.
9) Indiana (4-3, 1-3): unlike the next team on the list, the Hoosiers still have a prayer at bowl eligibility
10) Purdue (2-5, 0-4): Oh how the mighty have fallen. About 3 months ago you couldn't go past a magazine rack in America without seeing predictions about how Purdue was a darkhorse candidate for the Rose Bowl. Whoops.
11) Illinois (2-5, 0-4): The only reason Purdue isn't last is because Illinois is god awful.