The top of the conference shuffled around a bit this week but the bottom really didn’t change. I imagine this will probably be the case for the rest of the season.
The top five teams will most likely play leap frog off and on as the season moves along and they start playing each other. It’s going to be a fist fight for many of these teams to stay on top.
The bottom half might move here or there but I doubt many of them outside of one or two will do much changing. Maryland, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska seem to have the most to gain or lose the rest of the year but I doubt they will get into the top five as of yet.
As for the rest, well they will need to do some fairly decent winning for any of them to move out of the basement. No movement as three of the teams had bye weeks.
1. Iowa (6-0 Overall 3-0 Big Ten)
Welcome back to the #1 spot. Will you stay there? At this time the only thing that will drop the Hawkeyes is a stellar performance from one of the two teams below. The rest of the schedule for them is a bit of a cake walk for the boys from Iowa City. Iowa is good, very good. But they are beatable. However, they may not have a decent challenger until they head to Lincoln at the end of the year.
2. Ohio State (5-1 Overall 3-0 Big Ten)
I see momentum. This team is improving. Will they put it together to win the east? I would not bet against it. Ryan day is still one of the top coaches in the country. They will make the changes that need to be made.
3. Michigan (6-0 Overall 3-0 Big Ten)
This is one of the better Harbaugh teams that we have seen in awhile. They eked out a nice win against a tough Nebraska team. Expect them to be undefeated when they roll into East Lansing for a top ten matchup in two weeks.
4. Penn State (5-1 Overall 2-1 Big Ten)
Close loss that shouldn’t hurt them too much. Take this week off before Illinois comes to town. Heal up as you head to Ohio State right after. The Big Ten East is about to get interesting.
5. Michigan State (6-0 Overall 3-0 Big Ten)
Congrats, you beat Rutgers. Keep this going and you might have College GameDay in East Lansing in two weeks when you take on Michigan.
6. Maryland (4-2 Overall 1-2 Big Ten)
Spanked by Ohio State. I still have yet to see what this team looks like. Crab cakes, football, and whatnot.
7. Wisconsin (2-3 Overall 1-2 Big Ten)
See, anyone can bet Illinois...
8. Minnesota (3-2 Overall 1-1 Big Ten)
9. Nebraska (3-4 Overall 1-3 Big Ten)
I’m not a superstitious guy but...
10. Rutgers (3-3 Overall 0-3 Big Ten)
Your next two games are against Northwestern and Illinois. I would consider it bad if you didn’t beat both.
11. Indiana (2-3 Overall 0-2 Big Ten)
12. Purdue (3-2 Overall 1-1 Big Ten)
13. Illinois (2-5 Overall 1-3 Big Ten)
Hi! Basketball season is right around the corner.
14. Northwestern (2-3 Overall 0-2 Big Ten)