1. Ohio State (6-1 Overall 4-0 Big Ten)
They blew up Indiana on Saturday. They need to blow up everyone from here on out as their only loss to Oregon is not looking that great.
2. Michigan (7-0 Overall 4-0 Big Ten)
It took a quarter but the Wolverines dominated Northwestern. They now get Sparty this weekend for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
3. Michigan State (7-0 Overall 4-0 Big Ten)
4. Iowa (6-1 Overall 3-1 Big Ten)
5. Wisconsin (4-3 Overall 2-2 Big Ten)
Took down Purdue in a must win situation. They still control their destiny in the West. Yes, the Wisconsin team everyone wrote off a few weeks ago is still in the hunt.
6. Penn State (5-2 Overall 2-2 Big Ten)
Man, this team was #1 in the conference not too long ago. How wrong I was. Maybe Franklin is getting too many calls from other programs to coach? Is his foot already out the door? Not sure what to make of it. This team is too talented to play that flat. I still think they are better than everyone below. Nine out of ten times they would have beaten Illinois.
Oh yeah, they play Ohio State in Columbus this week.
7. Minnesota (5-2 Overall 3-1 Big Ten)
I’ve said it for years. PJ Fleck is a good football coach. Is he my type of coach? Not exactly, but he knows what he is doing. Yeah, I know they beat Maryland and that team is looking worse every week. However, like Wisconsin and Iowa they are still in control of their destiny. The Golden Gophers could very well win the West. I doubt it, but they still could.
8. Purdue (4-3 Overall 2-2 Big Ten)
Beat #2 Iowa and then lose to an unranked Wisconsin. Yep, no clue what to make of this team. It’s really not overly talented. I’m guessing they will hop up and down the bottom half of the conference until the end of the season.
9. Maryland (4-3 Overall 1-3 Big Ten)
It’s Maryland and I have yet to see a single down played. They should get on the mid week game schedule and maybe I would watch. Crabbing season is almost over.
10. Nebraska (3-5 Overall 1-4 Big Ten)
11. Illinois (3-5 Overall 2-3 Big Ten)
The Iillini took #7 Penn State to a NCAA record nine overtimes. NINE! Yes, it was just as tough to watch as one would think. Nope, I’m not pushing them up any farther right now. Yes, I know they beat Penn State who is still ranked five spots higher. Saturday was a nice win for the Illini but it was also a bit of a fluke.
12. Northwestern (3-4 Overall 1-3 Big Ten)
This is not Pat Fizgerald’s year. I still think they will win the Big Ten West in 2022.
13. Indiana (2-5 Overall 0-4 Big Ten)
2020 Hoosiers, we hardly knew ye. Basketball is right around the corner.
14. Rutgers (3-4 Overall 0-4 Big Ten)