Northern Illinois defeated Nebraska at home on Saturday, leaving the Cornhuskers at 1-2 to end nonconference play. Nebraska continues to struggle at finding its consistency on offense, which has left more questions than answers. Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst addressed the media after the loss Saturday, saying “there are no excuses to be made.”
The power poll consists of 13 Land of 10 voters — each of whom covers at least one Big Ten team.
Week 3 Land of 10 Power Poll vote totals
- Penn State (13 first-place votes) … 169
- Ohio State … 147
- Michigan … 146
- Wisconsin … 136
- Iowa … 102
- Maryland … 98
- Minnesota … 93
- Purdue …74
- Indiana … 67
- Michigan State … 66
- Northwestern … 42
- Nebraska … 27
- Illinois … 13
- Rutgers … 3
How I voted
Let’s be clear about something right off the bat: I’m undervaluing Purdue. I even know I am, yet I continue to do it. Boilermakers, I’ll rank you higher one of these days. I promise (but also no promises).
Everything between No. 7 and No. 11 are kind of a jumbled mess for me. I debated for far too long about where Minnesota and Northwestern should be before I finally trusted my gut, which was to put them back-to-back.
With that said, the top of the Big Ten is clearly the top. The bottom? Well, it’s clearly the bottom, too. And, unfortunately for Cornhuskers fans, Nebraska is battling to stay off the basement floor. Being two spots ahead of Rutgers and Illinois is probably not where most expected Nebraska to be, but here we are.
The Cornhuskers now face Rutgers and Illinois in consecutive weeks, which is probably a good thing. Neither will get Nebraska much higher in the power poll, but two wins to start conference play wouldn’t be a bad thing by any means. Nebraska is now in “stop the bleeding” mode, and these next two weeks can help.
But let’s say there is a loss in the next two weeks? The basement isn’t too far away.
Here is my full ballot for the poll this week:
1. Penn State
2. Ohio State
7. Michigan State