COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State remained the No. 2 team in the latest edition of the Land of 10 Power Poll on Sunday, a day after an overwhelming 52-14 victory against Illinois.
The Buckeyes remained the unanimous No. 2 in the standings, receiving all 13 second-place votes. Wisconsin again collected every first-place vote after dispatching Michigan in impressive fashion. Penn State remained No. 3 while Michigan fell from No. 4 to No. 6 after losing to Wisconsin. Michigan State and Northwestern now hold down the Nos. 4 and 5 spots, respectively.
The bottom half of the poll continues to fluctuate wildly, with unexpected results changing things every week. Five different teams received 13th-place votes this week — one of which ended up ranking eighth in the poll.
Here is the full poll from the latest vote:
Week 12 Land of 10 Power Poll vote totals
1. Wisconsin (13 first-place votes) … 169
2. Ohio State … 156
3. Penn State … 138
4. Michigan State … 130
5. Northwestern … 116
6. Michigan … 110
7. Iowa … 78
8. Purdue … 75
9. Indiana … 64
10. Minnesota … 46
11. Maryland … 41
12. Nebraska … 32
13. Rutgers … 28
14. Illinois … 0
How I voted
Once again I actually feel good about putting Wisconsin in the No. 1 spot. The Badgers are playing their best football right now and picked up their best win of the season to date with a victory against the Wolverines that was pretty clear-cut.
Ohio State is the obvious No. 2 team at this point — and now it’s official the Buckeyes will face the Badgers in December. The Buckeyes are also playing really well right now and remarkably still have a window to earn a College Football Playoff berth.
For spots 8 through 13, it’s basically impossible to figure out a correct order. There’s just no getting that one right. Each team seems to have a near-equal share of good wins and bad losses against each other, so head-to-head is virtually useless. I might have been slightly harsh to Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers frankly deserve it after another pathetic defensive effort.
Illinois is still bad.
Here is my full ballot for Week 12:
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan State
4. Penn State