Here’s a look at this week’s Big Ten power rankings.
1. Michigan (2-0, beat Notre Dame 41-30) – Devin Gardner and company were impressive in helping U-M pick up a notable home victory over the ranked Irish.
2. Ohio State (2-0, beat San Diego St. 7) – Braxton Miller exited early with a knee sprain, but Buckeyes still had no problems dominating the Aztecs.
3. Wisconsin (2-0, beat Tennessee Tech 48-0) – Another week, another shutout and another game with three backs with more than 100 yards rushing for the Badgers.
4. Northwestern (2-0, beat Syracuse 48-27) – The Wildcats had no problem with Syracuse even without the dangerous Venric Mark out.
5. Nebraska (2-0, beat Southern Mississippi 56-13) – The Cornhuskers’ defense showed improvement, returning two interceptions for scores in the win.
6. MSU (2-0, beat South Florida 21-6) – Defense for Spartans appears to be championship caliber after producing two more scores, but the offense still remains major work in progress.
7. Penn State (2-0, beat Eastern Michigan 45-7) – Freshman QB Christian Hackenberg overcame slow start to help Nittany Lions roll to win.
8. Illinois (2-0, beat Cincinnati 45-17) – Nathan Scheelhaase has helped offensive fortunes improve for Illini, who knocked off a Bearcat team that routed Purdue a week ago.
9. Minnesota (2-0, beat New Mexico St. 44-21) – Gophers capitalized on miscues to earn road victory over a team that upset it two weeks ago.
10. Indiana (1-1, lost to Navy 41-35) – Defense will dictate the Hoosiers’ fate this season and it struggled against Navy. Indiana was unable to recover from 17-0 deficit.
11. Iowa (1-1, beat Missouri State 28-14) – Hawkeyes ended seven-game losing streak dating back to last season but struggled at times in the win over the FCS opponent.
12. Purdue (1-1, beat Indiana State 20-14) – The Boilers needed a late interception to hold on for a win over a team Indiana trounced a week earlier. Now we get the pleasure of seeing them in a prime time slot this week.
NOTE: Shilique Calhoun was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week Monday morning after his two TD performance against South Florida. It’s the latest weekly honor for the MSU sophomore defensive end, who was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.