This is going to be something we’re going to try incorporate into this blog on a weekly basis. Here is a look at a view of the Big Ten men’s and women’s basketball power rankings after the first week of conference games.
1. Michigan (15-0, 2-0) – Still unbeaten after blowout wins on the road vs. Northwestern and at home vs. Iowa
2. Indiana (14-1, 2-0) – Escaped Iowa with four-point road win and then routed Penn State on the road
3. Minnesota (14-1, 2-0) – Followed solid home win over MSU with victory over Northwestern at home.
4. MSU (12-3, 1-1) – Bounced back from tough road loss to Minnesota to blow out Purdue at home
5. Illinois (14-2, 1 -1) – Rebounded from road loss to Purdue to rout Ohio State
6. Ohio State (11-3, 1-1) – Followed home rout of Nebraska with 19-point loss to Illinois on the road
7. Iowa (11-4, 0-2) -Tough start to Big Ten play with losses to Indiana and Michigan
8. Purdue (7-7, 1-1) – Had worst record of league teams in non-conference play, but posted home win over Illinois
9. Wisconsin (11-4, 2-0) – Wins over bottom feeders Nebraska and Penn State to start conference play
10. Northwestern (9-6, 0-2) – Battling injuries and also had challenging start to Big Ten play with losses to Michigan and Minnesota
11. Nebraska (9-6, 0-2) – Late cold stretch prevented Huskers from pulling off home win over Wisconsin
12. Penn State (8-6, 0-2)- Suffered road loss to Wisconsin and then fell by 23 at home to Indiana
1. Penn State (12-2, 2-0) – After narrow win over Northwestern, routed MSU on the road
2. Purdue (13-2 , 2-0) – Escaped with overtime wins over Illinois, Nebraska to begin Big Ten slate. Two wins have come by a combined four points
3. Michigan (13-2, 2-0) – Off to best start after posting home win over Indiana and four-point road victory over Iowa
4. Nebraska (11-4, 1-1) – After beating Wisconsin, suffered home narrow overtime loss to Purdue
5. Illinois (8-6, 1-1) – Bounced back from one-point road loss to Iowa to top Ohio State on
the road; Receiving votes in AP poll for first time since 2009
6. MSU (13-2, 1-1) – Only losses this season have come against ranked teams; had worst performance of the season in home loss to Penn State.
7. Iowa (12-4, 1-1) – Followed up home win over Ohio State with loss to Michigan at home.
8. Ohio State (10-5, 0-2) – Fell to Iowa on the road before suffering home loss to Illinois. Both losses were by six points
9. Minnesota (12-4, 1-1) – Rebounded from road loss to MSU to beat Wisconsin by five on the road.
10. Indiana (10-5, 1-1) – Dropped league opener on road to Michigan, but rebounded to top Northwestern by four at home
11. Northwestern (8-7, 0-2) – Narrow road losses to Penn State, Indiana to begin conference play (both by four points)
12. Wisconsin (8-7, 0-2) – Road loss to Nebraska and at home to Minnesota to begin conference slate
Also, earlier today ESPN came out with its early 2013 Big Ten football power rankings and MSU checks in at No. 6. Is that a fair assessment?