Alabama is still No. 1 in the nation. But in Big Ten power rankings, there’s a new top team: Michigan.
The Wolverines, second in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll, moved to No. 1 for the Big Ten in ESPN’s and the Big Ten Network’s weekly power rankings. Ohio State had been the top team, but the Buckeyes’ surprising 24-21 loss at Penn State dropped them a bit.
Big Ten Network’s Tom Dienhart and ESPN’s Austin Ward both had the same order of Top 4 teams. But after that, there are a few differences. Perhaps the most interesting debate is at No. 5. Penn State has the bigger win when the Nittany Lions beat Ohio State, but Northwestern has been very consistent with four wins in its past five games.
Here’s how it breaks down:
1. Michigan/Michigan (ESPN/Big Ten Network)
2. Ohio State
5. Penn State/Northwestern
6. Northwestern/Penn State
11. Purdue/Michigan State
12. Michigan State/Purdue
Here’s Ward on Penn State:
The hot-seat speculation can be put to rest for a while with the Nittany Lions. James Franklin has his signature victory with the program thanks to a stunning comeback in the fourth quarter to hand Urban Meyer his first road loss with Ohio State.