Big Ten Power Poll: Week Six

With two weeks of conference play in the books, Badger Nation brings out the conference power rankings. The Buckeyes and Hawkeyes hold serve, but the rest of the list is as shaky as the Green Bay Packers offensive line.

1, Ohio State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten; last week, 1)

Well, the Buckeyes finally gave up points. In fact, 14 of them, to Indiana. But Terrelle Pryor gets scarier as he grows.

2, Iowa (5-0, 1-0; last week, 2)

As many difficult games as the Hawkeyes are facing this early in the year – at Penn State, Michigan, at Wisconsin – I'm willing to give them a pass for not completely focusing against the mighty Red Wolves of Arkansas State. More important tests await.

3, Penn State (4-1, 1-1; last week, 4)

That's not really a surprise that a frustrated Nittany Lions team took it out on poor, defenseless Illinois. We'll see if PSU can mount any sort of return trip to BCS title game consideration.

4, Wisconsin (5-0, 2-0; last week, 6)

5-0 is a nice start to this year, but hardly an inspiring, one-for-the-ages start. 6-0 would change all that in a hurry.

5, Michigan (4-1, 1-1; last week, 3)

You just wonder when Tate Forcier, touted and nerves-free as he may be, will start looking like a true froshie.

6, Michigan State (2-3, 1-1; last week, 10)

Nothing like a big win over your intrastate rival to save your season. But Sparty's got a lot of work to do before any parades are thrown.

7, Minnesota (3-2, 1-1; last week, 5)

Maybe the Gophers should have stuck with Triple-H. The Vikings and Twins are quite enjoying their Metrodome magic right about now.

8, Northwestern (3-2, 1-1; last week, 7)

Why are the Wildcats moving down after a win? Simple: body of work (they still lost to Syracuse) and Purdue is hardly that impressive. Besides, they just lost at home to Minnesota ten days ago, so I have to keep Goldy on top.

9, Purdue (1-4, 0-1; last week, 8)

You had me at hello, Purdue. And by hello, I mean a couple of inspiring performances before the Big Ten season. Now looking like it'll be a long one in West Lafayette.

10, Indiana (3-2, 0-2; last week, 9)

Hey, look at it this way, Hoosier fans: at least Indiana isn't the last-place team every week in this poll, unlike the (ahem) basketball team was last winter.

11, Illinois (1-3, 0-2; last week, 11)

The Juice has been McSqueezed. Illinois is playing for 2010 already.

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