More than a couple friends have voiced their disgust over the way Bucky finished things out. It just seems like every time UW plays Ohio State, the Buckeyes let Wisconsin hang around for a while before thrusting down the hammer and making the game look like a blowout – when, in fact, it was a close affair.
2, Iowa (6-0, 2-0; last week, 2)
Here's some encouragement for Badger fans: I heard something interesting at the office Wednesday. One of the biggest Hawkeye fans in the newsroom gave his take on Kirk Ferentz's how-are-they-undefeated crew this year: "you give a cat nine lives, well, Iowa has used up eight. Eventually, they're going to cross the street and…" I didn't actually catch the end of that sentence, but I assume it had something to do with dying a painful death. So ... does that mean Iowa's bound to trip up at the Camp? I guess we'll see.
3, Penn State (5-1, 1-1; last week, 3)
I'm sure Penn State grads are thrilled with these inspiring efforts against Eastern Illinois. Do you realize the Lions have lost just one non-conference game in five years? (2006, at Notre Dame) And that's not on account of impressive victories over tough BCS competition. Cupcakes, anyone?
4, Wisconsin (5-1, 2-1; last week, 4)
Still feel disrespected, Badger Nation? Still feel raw over missing out on the rankings before the OSU loss? Beat Iowa Saturday. That should stir your coffee pot.
5, Michigan (4-2, 1-2; last week, 5)
I believe last week I wrote, "You just wonder when Tate Forcier, touted and nerves-free as he may be, will start looking like a true froshie." Wonder no more. Kinnick will do that to you.
6, Michigan State (3-3, 2-1; last week, 6)
Don't look now, but the previously-disappointing Spartans are now back to .500 overall and just a game back in the conference. With home games approaching against Northwestern and Iowa, upward mobility is in the offing.
7, Minnesota (4-2, 2-1; last week, 7)
Good of the Gophers to show up after the first quarter last week at Purdue (they were losing 10-0 to start the 2nd). Who do they think they are, the Wisconsin student sect ... uh, never mind.
8, Northwestern (4-2, 1-1; last week, 8)
16-6 at home over Miami (Ohio), which is 0-6 in the MAC. Yuck.
9, Purdue (1-5, 0-2; last week, 9)
The Boilers seem to have trouble understanding that football games last 60 minutes. Not 15, not 58. The full 60.
10, Indiana (3-3, 0-2; last week, 10)
The records indicate I should have broken my phony rule this week of keeping the poll unchanged, since Indiana is two games up on Purdue. But you don't lose by 40 to a below-.500 team and go anywhere.
11, Illinois (1-4, 0-3; last week, 11)
In fact, the Hoosiers should have been moved down on general principle. But boy, do the Illini stink, Juice or no Juice.
Note: I now want to declare something. I've been putting together ‘Power Rankings' of all sorts since I was a kid – NFL, MLB, NHL, Derek Jeter's girlfriends, you name it. And this week, we have something unprecedented.
The entire poll is unchanged from last week.
I can't find one reason to lift one team above another, or descend one team below another. Nothing really shocking happened in the league, and there were no outwardly superior or atrocious performances all around.
So, the comments are new and the records are updated. But the poll itself is the same as from prior to Week 6. This … is history.