Projecting where the Big Ten teams will land in the AP Poll
There wasn’t as much chaos in college football in Week 2 as there was in Week 1.
That’s why we think, for the most part, the Big Ten teams will stand pat in the AP Poll.
After Week 1, Ohio State (4), Michigan (5), Wisconsin (10), Michigan State (12) and Iowa (16) were ranked. The Badgers went from unranked to No. 10 after an upset of LSU.
Here’s how we see the Big Ten teams landing this week, with a few Pac-12 games still in progress.
No. 4 Ohio State
The Buckeyes weren’t sharp on offense, but the defense looked dominant against Tulsa in a 48-3 win. None of the top three teams lost, though Clemson looked sloppy against Troy. That would be Ohio State’s best chance to crack the top three. The Tigers’ 2015 season, Deshaun Watson and their preseason billing should keep them ahead of the Buckeyes.
No. 5 Michigan
The Wolverines also took care of business against UCF with a 51-14 win, but there’s no reason they would jump Ohio State. They’ll stay at No. 5.
No. 10 Wisconsin
Georgia will probably drop out of the top 10 after a 2-point win over Nicholls State. Louisville will jump the Badgers as the country takes notice of Lamar Jackson and the Cardinals’ 132-42 combined margin in the first two games. But if voters had that much faith in Wisconsin last week, why waver after a win over Akron? This stuff doesn’t always make sense. The Badgers stay at No. 10.
No. 12 Michigan State
Louisville will almost certainly jump the Spartans, who were off in Week 2, but Georgia will fall behind them. So Michigan State stays at No. 12. Nobody behind it in the top 25 did anything to warrant a jump that high.
No. 15 Iowa
No. 15 TCU lost to Arkansas and will drop back. Georgia will also drop — it should fall out of the top 15, but probably won’t — so Iowa’s 42-3 win over Iowa State gets it to No. 15. At most, it gets to No. 14 ahead of the Bulldogs.
Nebraska received 13 votes last week, and beat Wyoming on Saturday, but is still behind a handful of other teams waiting to crack the top 25. The Huskers stay in the “others receiving votes” category.