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.