ESPN releases Big Ten power rankings after first week of play
While other games will still be playing this afternoon, the Big Ten’s week ended last night after Nebraska finished off Fresno State. ESPN released power rankings, counting down where each team stands the Big Ten after the first weekend of games.
In ESPN’s power rankings, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin fill out the top three after they each won their opening games.
In the fight for the top spot, it came down to style points as Ohio State and Michigan both won their respective games by 60 points over non-conference opponents. Ohio State claimed the top spot, followed by Michigan at the second spot and Wisconsin lands at third after finishing off No. 5 LSU in what ESPN writer Dan Murphy calls the most impressive win of the weekend in the Big Ten.
Following the top three, Iowa, Michigan State and Nebraska follow suit at fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, after winning their opening weekend games. Wisconsin provided the biggest shake up in the top half of the power rankings, as compared to ESPN’s first power rankings released in mid-August.
The bottom half of the rankings remain similar to its preseason predecessor, with the biggest change being Northwestern’s drop from the eighth spot in the preseason all the way to 12th following its loss to Western Michigan. Purdue hopped Rutgers into the 13th spot after the Scarlet Knights dropped to last following a 48-13 drubbing from No. 14 Washington and the Boilermakers defeated Eastern Kentucky.