Here’s this week’s Big Ten football power poll.
1. Ohio State (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten, beat Northwestern 40-30) – Carlos Hyde’s big day helped the Buckeyes continue their nation-best win streak and fend off another of their top Big Ten challengers.
2. Michigan (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten, beat Minnesota 42-13) – Wolverines are one of two Big Ten teams unbeaten after showing some offensive improvement and playing turnover-free football against Gophers.
3. Northwestern (4-1, 0-1 Big Ten, lost to Ohio State 40-30) – One of the Wildcats’ missions this year was to finish games after blowing fourth quarter leads in their losses last season. They were unable to at home against Ohio State and there’s the potential for an 0-2 Big Ten start with Wisconsin looming.
4. Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten, beat Illinois 39-19) – Cornhuskers showed some things defensively, limiting the high-powered Illini offense and coming up with the stops they needed. Ameer Abdullah also had a big day.
5. Wisconsin (3-2, 1-1 Big Ten, idle) – Badgers had an off week following loss to Ohio State and will try to avoid two-game losing streak when they host Northwestern
6. Michigan State (4-1, 1-0 Big Ten, beat Iowa 26-14) – The Spartans made some more positive strides against the Hawkeyes, getting big plays in all areas to earn their second straight win over Iowa in Iowa City. That sets the Spartans up for a strong October.
7. Indiana (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten, beat Penn State 44-24) – Hoosiers made history by knocking off the Nittany Lions for the first time ever and winning a conference opener for first time since 2000. Now they have momentum heading on the road for the first time this season when they face MSU.
8. Iowa (4-2, 1-1 Big Ten, lost to Michigan State 26-14) – Hawkeyes couldn’t get much of anything going offensively against MSU and their defense, which was rated among nation’s best, had trouble slowing the Spartans.
9.Â Penn State (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten, lost to Indiana 44-24) – Nittany Lions were unable to contain Hoosiers’ dynamic offense while falling for the second time in three games.
10. Minnesota (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten, lost to Michigan 42-13) – Another health scare for Gophers coach Jerry Kill, who missed Saturday’s game because of a seizure.
11. Illinois (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten, lost to Nebraska 39-19) – The high-scoring Illini didn’t find the end zone until the third quarter while falling on the road to the Cornhuskers.
12. Purdue (1-4, 0-1 Big Ten, idle) – The Boilermakers had a week off as they try to bounce back from a rough start and usher in a new era at quarterback.
Week 5 Big Ten power poll.